Health, Economic Development and Household Poverty

From Understanding to Action

Edited by Sara Bennett, Lucy Gilson, Anne Mills

© 2008 – Routledge

280 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Accessible and edited by authors based at a top institution, this book provides readers with an excellent summary in an easy-to-read style of this burgeoning field of research.

In this volume Bennett, Gilson and Mills have gathered together essays written by academics and experts in the fields of health policy and economic development, each underscoring the need for political commitment to meet the needs of the poor and the development of strategies to build this commitment, covering:

  • evidence regarding the links between health, economic development and household poverty
  • evidence on the extent to which health care systems address the needs of the poor and the near poor
  • innovative measures to make health care interventions widely available to the poor.

Current and topical, this book is of great relevance to policy makers and practitioners in the field of international health and development and researchers engaged with global health and poverty as well as being ideal reading for students of international health and development.


"The essays provide excellent documentation of the links between health, economic development, and poverty alleviation. Thanks to the lack of economic jargon and lesser reliance on quantitative methods, this work is accessible to a wide readership ranging from undergraduate students to researchers interested in international health and poverty reduction. It is required reading for policy makers and practitioners looking for innovative measures in health financing and service delivery that can better reach the poor. -- M. Q. Dao, Choice, 2008

Table of Contents

1. Health, Economic Development and Household Poverty: The Role of the Health Sector Part A: Health, Development and Poverty 2. The Consequences of Population Health for Economic Performance 3. Illness and Labour Productivity: A Case Study from Rural Kenya Part B: The Effectiveness of Health Care Systems in Addressing the Needs of the Poor 4. Access and Equity: Evidence on the Extent to Which Health Services Address the Needs of the Poor 5. Illness, Health Service Costs and their Consequences for Households 6. Coping with the Costs of Illness: Vulnerability and Resilience among Poor Households in Urban Sri Lanka Part C: Restructuring Health Care Systems to Reach the Poor 7. Alternative Approaches to Extending Health Services to the Poorest 8. Targeting Services Towards the Poor: A Review of Targeting Mechanisms and their Effectiveness 9. Protecting the Poor from the Cost of Services through Health Financing Reform 10. Building Voice and Agency of Poor People in Health: Public Action within Health Systems 11. Improving Equity in Health Through Health Financing Reform: A Case Study of the Introduction of Universal Coverage in Thailand 12. Promoting Access, Financial Protection and Empowerment for the Poor: Vimo SEWA in India 13. Conclusions: From Evidence to Action

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Routledge International Studies in Health Economics

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