vendredi 27 juin 2008

Romain Delahaye, Project Manager for Microfinance and Health, PlaNet Finance

Health constitutes a major concern for sustainable development. It is also one of the best indicators of a country’s progress in economic and social growth.
Health problems are a cause, and at the same time, a consequence of poverty.
Bad hygiene conditions, insufficient quality and quantity of food, children not attending school and pushed into going to work and bringing home additional family income all affect the conditions necessary for good health. A better
education helps individuals to protect their health and that of their families and widens economic choices.
In developing countries, basic health care services only satisfy a fraction of needs, and in a number of countries and regions the situation can appear alarming. In this way, the percentage of public spending on health is the lowest in West Africa (from 2 to 4.9%). In comparison, in the United States, it constitutes 13.5% of GDP and 10% of that in France, Canada and Germany. West Africa counts the lowest rate of available health care staff, the strongest rates of infection of AIDS, food deficiency and infant mortality due to malaria.
For these reasons, PlaNet Finance wishes to become involved in the development of healthcare, particularly in Africa. PlaNet Finance’s axes of intervention are: to use microfinance networks to lead preventative actions (notably malaria and HIV /Aids); to allow access to revenue generating activities to populations marginalised by sickness; to reinforce public health policies; to bring together players in microfinance and in health; to develop tools to guarantee social protection. We are indeed convinced that these actions contribute to the fight against poverty on a long-term basis and respond to the needs of disadvantaged countries.
Today, PlaNet Finance leads more than ten projects related to health.
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