CARD MRI in the Philippines is another leader in integrated health and microfinance. With Freedom from Hunger’s technical assistance, CARD started offering health education 15 years ago, using credit officers to deliver behavior-changing health lessons during credit-group meetings. They now have education modules covering nearly 40 health topics in Tagalog, plus many local languages.
Two million people across four financial institutions receive CARD’s health services, and CARD plans to scale this up to 5 million people by 2015.
In the first half of 2013, 18 of the largest MFIs in the Philippines signed a memorandum of agreement to consolidate and share their resources to provide the best healthcare possible to their combined clients. The Joint Microfinance and Health Protection Program, or MFIs for Health, will make available to a total of 4.4 million clients the health resources of the 18 MFIs who signed.
The Health and Microfinance Alliance piloted a set of useful indicators for measuring client well-being, particularly in the area of health. These health indicators should provide an institution with a dashboard of health indicators that they can track in a way that makes sense for their organization. A successful application of the health indicators can provide an institution with actionable data over time. Results of the pilot will be reported at the end of 2014.
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- Executive Summary
- Taking Steps to Target the Poorest
- A Global Context for Extreme Poverty
- Microfinance & Health Providers Can Partner for Greater Results
- Commercial & Social Businesses Can Expand Value Chains to Include Those in Poverty
- Mobile Network Operators Can Build Systems that Reach the Poorest and Most Remote
- Regulators & Policymakers Can Build a National Ecosystem for Inclusion
- Social Support Payments Can Become a Bridge to Financial Inclusion
- Being Accountable for Results
- A Commitment to End Extreme Poverty by 2030
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