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

Gemignani, Regina and Tsimpo, Clarence and Wodon, Quentin (2012): Making quality care available for the poor: faith-inspired health facilities in Burkina Faso.

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Abstract

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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