Health Service Delivery and Demand for Preventive Care in Developing Countries: Micro Evidence Based on Randomized Controlled Trials and Retrospective Data

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Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 750000 SEK


Approximately 11 million children under-five die each year and almost half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. More than half of these children will die of diseases that could easily have been prevented or treated if the children had had access to a small set of proven, inexpensive services. Why are these services not provided (or if provided not used)? Based on a series of large-scale community-based, randomized, controlled field trials (RCT) on health in sub-Saharan Africa, complemented with research based on retrospective data, we will attempt to address this question. The objective of the first RCT is to test an intervention aimed boosting health utilization and improving health outcomes by encouraging communities to be more involved with the state of health service provision and strengthen their capacity to hold their local health providers to account for performance. The objective of the second RCT is to assess how improved availability of affordable curative and preventive products affect health behavior and health outcomes. The objective of the third RCT is to study to what extent small financial rewards can result in large behavioral changes with respect to sexual and reproductive health.

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