Longitudinal Study of the Impact of the Integration of Microfinance and Health Services on Bandhan Clients in India

Intro

This report synthesizes the findings from this longitudinal assessment of impact of the Microfinance and Health Protection Initiative with Indian MFIct with Bandhan from 2008 through 2013. Bandhan’s Health Program developed and piloted from 2006 and 2009 with Freedom from Hunger, provides access to behavior change health education, services from local community health volunteers who also provide affordable, quality medicines and health products, referrals to local health care services, and health loans.  The results from client surveys conducted at three times (pre-test-2007),  post-test 1 (2008) and post-test 2 (2013) demonstrate that among clients participating in the program, significant improvements were detected and sustained regarding important key indicators of knowledge and health related to maternal and child health.