Intro

Millions of microfinance institution (MFI) clients throughout Latin America are challenged by the dual circumstances of poverty and poor health, and lack access to health information, appropriate services and the financial tools that help them afford needed care. Between 2011 and 2013, Freedom from Hunger, in partnership with Oikocredit and five MFI partners in Ecuador (Cooprogreso and FACES) and Perú (ADRA, FINCA-Peru, Confianza/Caja Nuestra Gente), planned, developed and piloted health programs that link financial services with access to a range of health services. This technical brief covers the health knowledge, attitudes, practices and outcomes that were documented during these monitoring and evaluation efforts. The purpose of sharing this data is to provide a better understanding of the needs and demands for health products and services as well as the role MFIs are playing in improving the health of their clients.