The Journal of International Development has published a special issue on household experiences of ill-health and risk protection mechanisms. The edition is based on a workshop that was hosted by CREHS to discuss research findings from several countries in Africa and Asia.
The papers presented in the journal analyse the processes linking illness and impoverishment at the household level. They measure the costs of illness and the burdens these impose on household budgets, explore treatment actions and the strategies used to pay for the treatment, and assess households access to and uptake of policy measures designed to reduce health care expenditures.
The insights presented in the papers help to cast light on the types of policy measures needed to effectively protect poor households from risks associated with health expenditure. They also draw attention to the challenges of policy implementation including the perceptions of actors throughout the health system.
Anon. Special Issue: Managing Risks: Household Illness Costs, Coping Strategies and Access to Social Protection. Journal of International Development (2009) 21 (2)