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Primary care is a person’s first point of contact with the healthcare system.
ACCESS Health International studies primary care within‬ different settings and helps our partners design, implement, and strengthen‬ efficient and effective primary care systems. This work has been launched in India. We plan to initiate studies in China, Sweden, Singapore, and the United States to understand how primary healthcare systems can be structured to meet the needs of the population. The work in India and China is primary care services for all. The focus in Singapore, Sweden, and the United States is for elderly and chronically ill. Based on these studies, ACCESS Health will work with both public and private providers and payers to design and implement high quality, cost effective primary healthcare programs.

Access to high quality, affordable primary care remains a challenge in much of India. The result is a high burden of disease and high out of pocket expenditures. Recent federal and state government commitments signal increasing support for a stronger primary healthcare system.

ACCESS Health India supports these commitments by studying the healthcare programs and working with individual states to design and implement improvement in primary care.

Featured Projects

Projects

  • ACCESS Health Infant Care Improvement Project

    ACCESS Health Infant Care Improvement Project

    The ACCESS Health Infant Care Improvement Project analyzed factors that affect infant care in two Indian states, Bihar and Odisha (Orissa). ACCESS Health worked with the local governments to create a plan for primary care for maternal and infant care based on this work. Several districts in both states have declared an interest in implementing this plan to reduce mother and child mortality.

  • ACCESS Health Primary Care Research Project

    ACCESS Health Primary Care Research Project

    The ACCESS Health Primary Care Research Project reviewed and summarized information on the state of primary care delivery in India and highlighted good practice initiatives. ACCESS Health uses this data to work with both public and private sectors to design effective primary healthcare systems.

  • Center for Health Market Innovations

    Center for Health Market Innovations

    ACCESS Health is one of the organizations that creates content for the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Center is a digital platform that connects healthcare organizations and providers, researchers, and policymakers to learn about innovations that increase access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Most of our studies are of health programs in India, Bangladesh, and Brazil.

  • Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    The Learning Exchange provides funding to facilitate structured learning partnerships between or among organizations that are profiled by the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Learning Exchange will help programs improve business practices, adopt innovations, or scale up or replicate an aspect of their model to a new market.

  • Joint Learning Fund

    Joint Learning Fund

    The Joint Learning Network established the Joint Learning Fund to support the ability of Network members to learn from each other on a range of topics, including expanded coverage, information technology, primary healthcare, provider payments, and quality improvement. Member countries use the Joint Learning Fund to support study tours, workshops, and exchange of personnel to learn from universal health coverage reform strategies that have been successful in other countries.

  • Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    The Joint Learning Network brings together low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia to share experiences, challenges, and insights drawn from their efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

  • Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    This book will share our experiences with the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, a program that brings together countries to share their experiences – their challenges and their successes – working toward universal health coverage. It is scheduled for completion by December 2014.

  • Primary Care Pilot Program

    Primary Care Pilot Program

    ACCESS Health and the Indian School of Business are working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to design and to assist the development of a transformative primary care program.

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The Evolution of Health Insurance in India

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Revolutionizing Primary Healthcare Delivery in Uttar Pradesh

Today, the government of Uttar Pradesh took a critical step toward strengthening primary healthcare services in the region, launching a call for proposals for a new public-private partnership that could revolutionize local healthcare service delivery.Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in India, with some of the country’s poorest health indicators. Residents there face daunting health challenges—the state has the highest incidence of child malnutrition in the country, high infant mortality and prevalence of infectious diseases, and limited access to safe water supplies and...
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