Linking Health to Microfinance to Reduce Poverty
The MDGs focus the worldwide development agenda on reducing extreme poverty as well as improving health, education and human rights by 2015. At the same time, the World Health Organization is emphasizing the need to build health-system capacity, a global challenge that is most elusive in rural and resource-poor environments. Meeting global health needs calls for more intersectoral approaches. One that holds real promise, though largely underutilized, is the linking of microfinance with appropriate health-related services.