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Protecting the rural poor against the economic consequences of major illness: a challenge for Asian transitional economies

Objective

Major illness in the family has become an important cause of household impoverishment in China and the ex-command economies of Southeast Asia, as these countries have managed the transition to a market economy. This is related to the low levels of governme nt funding of health care and the rising cost of medical care. The Governments of China and Cambodia have recently announced major policy initiatives to address this problem and the government of Laos is considering similar action. The purpose of this proj ect is to support these initiatives and assess their performance, whilst contributing to international knowledge about how to help households cope with major illness. The study will take place in rural areas in Cambodia, Laos and two provinces in Central C hina. In each location, the methodological approach will be that of in-depth case studies, organised as four integrated sub-projects. The first will assess the impact of different types of illness on different types of household and the effectiveness and c onsequences of the various coping strategies that they adopt.The second will assess the performance and outcome of health assistance schemes. The third will study how provider performance, particularly regarding use of drugs, contributes to the high cost o f care and identify realistic strategies for reducing these costs. The fourth will assess political and institutional influences on policy formulation and implementation. Each country team will produce-a consolidated report that includes recommendations ba sed on the findings of all the sub-studies. The project will be implemented in close communication with policy-makers and local government and NGO managers to ensure it contributes to policy and management practices. It will formulate and implement a disse mination strategy aimed at maximising impact at national, regional and international levels, which will include the establishment of a regional network on social protection and health.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-INCO-DEV-2
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Funding Scheme

STIP - Specific Targeted Innovation Project

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Address
University Of Sussex
Brighton
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

CHINA HEALTH ECONOMICS INSTITUTE
China
Address
38 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District
Beijing
ZHONGNAN UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND LAW
China
Address
114 Wuluo Road
Wuhan
WEST CHINA CENTER OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, SICHUAN UNIVERSITY
China
Address
17 Section 3, South Renmin Road
Chengdu
BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY
China
Address
19 Xinjie, Kouwai Street
Beijing
PRINS LEOPOLD INSTITUUT VOOR TROPISCHE GENEESKUNDE
Belgium
Address
Nationalestraat 155
Antwerpen
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Laos
Address
Ministry Of Health, Samsenethai Road, Sisattanak District
Vientiane
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Cambodia
Address
Kim Ii Sung Btvd
Phnom Penh
CENTRE FOR ADVANCED STUDY
Cambodia
Address
85, Street 141, Sangkat Veal Vong, Khan 7 Makara
Phnom Penh
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
Address
Nobels Vag 5, Solna
Stockholm