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Agencies team up, support Haiti’s health services

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In an effort to promote innovative business models that offer accessible health services to low- income women in Haiti, the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) will partner with the international group Global Partnerships to promote innovative business models .

The MIF said the project, which includes Ecuador, Honduras and Nicaragua, will receive non-reimbursable financing of more than $1 million over a three-year implementation period.

It said the project will develop and introduce integrated business models that use microfinance institutions (MFIs) or cooperatives to deliver health services, as well as health education to low-income households, especially women, for a basic fee.

SUSTAINABLE

The MIF said such services, tailored to meet the specific needs of the local population in each country, are expected to be fully sustainable during the implementation period, “so that the clients of these MFIs or cooperatives will continue to access health services long after the project has finished.

“Connecting micro credit and savings with health prevention and educational services offers complementary solutions for two intertwined problems faced by millions of people living in poverty,” said Carrie McKellogg, unit chief of basic services of the MIF.

The MIF said the comparative advantage of MFIs and cooperatives entering into the health education and service business includes: regular meeting with clients, strong pre-existing relationships with clients, pre-existing infrastructure (branch offices) in close proximity to communities, and the ability to design creative financial products that help poor families overcome liquidity constraints in paying for health services, among others.

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