Helpdesk Report: Pro-Poor Health Delivery



Outline a typology/annotated bibliography for 'pro-poor' delivery channels for health services. Ideally, the work would set out a broad typology of the approaches that have been developed specifically to increase access to and utilisation of health services by the poor, with 1 - 3 examples/key studies/documents noted under each. This could include systemic approaches (e.g. equitable health financing) or more targeted approaches (e.g. demand side interventions such vouchers and/or conditional cash transfers).


Information on pro-poor health policies does not fit neatly into mutually exclusive categories and many of the themes overlap. For example, universal coverage interventions such as abolishing user fees were often discussed as pro-poor targeting. Universal targeting can appear to be targeting the poor but it may be that the less poor are paying for higher quality services. Also the section on health financing approaches refers to community healthcare plans and insurance in this report. Many of the other sections relate to financing, particularly public and private sector financing.


Bolton, L. Helpdesk Report: Pro-Poor Health Delivery. Human Development Resource Centre, UK (2011) 11 pp.

Helpdesk Report: Pro-Poor Health Delivery

Published 1 January 2011