Maternal and child health – the social protection dividend: West and Central Africa

Research reports and studies
February 2009
Cora Walsh with Nicola Jones

This report analyses the strengths and weaknesses of alternative health financing mechanisms in the context of West and Central Africa.

It looks at the way that health as a human right is in jeopardy, the importance of alternative health financing mechanisms; low regional health expenditures, high – and inequitable – private and out-of pocket expenditures, donor support for health, the varying degrees of social protection in health financing, user fees, the promise of social health insurance and mutual health organisations as community-based mechanisms.