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Improving the Health of Mother and Child: Solutions from India

In India, many private sector organisations are experimenting and innovating to ensure low-cost maternal and child healthcare services of high quality. There is a growing interest, around the world, in the new practices being developed by these organisations. In this compendium, ACCESS Health International and the Indian School of Business have identified and documented some of these organisations and their successful interventions.

This book can serve as a repository of information for healthcare providers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders who are interested in new approaches to maternal and child healthcare services. The book as an introduction followed by individual case studies of the organisations. The final chapters provide an overview of common challenges and innovative approaches and strategies for improved access, affordability and quality of care.

Affordable Excellence

Singapore has created one of the best health systems in the world while spending only 4% of GDP on health care. Globally there is a need for greater cross-country learning and application of models that contain costs while providing advanced care. Affordable Excellence describes Singapore’s health care finance and delivery models, including their combined history, planning, and innovations, so that other countries may study Singapore’s system as proof of principle for high quality, affordable care.

This book is meant as a resource for policy makers, government planning agencies, academics, and those who are interested in studying Singapore’s success in creating a competitive, affordable health care market. The research for this book comes through interviews with Singapore’s ministries, health care providers, academics, and finance planners.

Epilogue to Affordable Excellence

ACCESS Health systematically studies the Singapore healthcare system and how the country plans to confront the growing impact of demographic change on the healthcare system, the economy, and the city. The initial study was a detailed description of the current healthcare system: its origins, its finance, and its performance. This work is summarized in the book Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story: How to Create and Maintain Sustainable Healthcare Systems, published in April 2103. This work was followed by an in depth analysis of the changes in the financing and operation of the Singapore healthcare system between April 2013 and April 2014. A series of significant changes were made to accommodate the growing needs of the elderly population. The changes also encourage young people to have more children. The Epilogue to Affordable Excellence summarizes the changes made between April 2103 and April 2104.

NIPI Reference Book (Bihar)

Bihar has a population of 104 million, making it the second most populous state in India, second only the Uttar Pradesh. It has a growing population its residents are relatively densely populated. Problematically, every single key health indicator in Bihar is worse than the national average.

This book is a compilation of data from various sources relevant to our work on the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) Funded project “Government contracting for improved health services” in Bihar. We have used data from various sources and structured it to serve as a quick reference guide. We have acknowledged the source in most places, but apologise for omissions if any. This resource book is meant for others interested in infant health in Bihar.

NIPI Reference Book (Orissa)

Orissa was separated from Bihar and came into existence on April 1, 1936. Less densely populated than the country as a whole, it has a relatively slow growing population and worse maternal and child mortality rates than India overall.

This book is a compilation of data from various sources relevant to our work on the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) Funded project “Government contracting for improved health services” in Orissa. We have used data from various sources and structured it to serve as a quick reference guide. We have acknowledged the source in most places, but apologise for omissions if any. This resource book is meant for others interested in infant health in Orissa.