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Making quality care available for the poor: faith-inspired health facilities in Burkina Faso

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  • Gemignani, Regina
  • Tsimpo, Clarence
  • Wodon, Quentin

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Based on the results of qualitative fieldwork conducted in 2010 in Burkina Faso, this paper suggests that a key reason for individuals to seek care in faith-inspired health facilities is the fact that the cost of care is lower than in public facilities (the other reason being that faith-inspired facilities appear to provide better quality of care). Yet faith-inspired facilities receive only limited support from the state to provide their services. The ability of the facilities to make quality care affordable for the poor is maintained thanks to support in kind and in cash from religious groups and other donors. This model contributes substantially to the availability of affordable quality care in the communities where the facilities are located, but higher state support for the facilities would help for expansion.

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  • Gemignani, Regina & Tsimpo, Clarence & Wodon, Quentin, 2012. "Making quality care available for the poor: faith-inspired health facilities in Burkina Faso," MPRA Paper 45389, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:45389
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    1. Olivier, Jill & Tsimpo, Clarence & Wodon, Quentin, 2012. "Do faith-inspired health care providers in Africa reach the poor more than other providers?," MPRA Paper 45379, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Tsimpo, Clarence & Wodon, Quentin, 2012. "Differences in the private cost of health care between providers and satisfaction with services: results for sub-Saharan African countries," MPRA Paper 45388, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Health; Faith; Poverty; Burkina Faso; Private Providers;

    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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