On March 4, 2015, in collaboration with the SEEP Network‘s HAMED working group, we co-hosted a webinar called "Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: How MFIs Can Track the Health of Clients," to discuss how microfinance institutions and their partners can measure client health and well-being. Our regional director for Asia-Pacific, Dr. D.S.K. Rao moderated the webinar. Joining us in the webinar were Bobbi Gray (Freedom from Hunger), Sandhya Suresh (ESAF Microfinance and Investments Pvt Ltd in India), and John Alex (Equitas Group and Equitas Development Initiatives Trust in India).
The webinar was focused on addressing questions of application and use of tracking health outcomes and how MFIs benefit from collecting data on client health. The HOPI will help institutions to know who their clients are and understand their needs — a defining theme, according to Dean Karlan, of the World Bank’s forum on microcredit at the end of February, and one that we have written extensively on as well.
And, of course, there were many questions posed by the audience, and we have made and effort to collect and answer those questions in a blog post, Health Outcome Performance Indicators will help us "understand clients". Check out the recording of the webinar and read the SEEP Network’s blog post recapping the webinar.
Our work with partners ESAF, Equitas, and other financial service providers in India as well as the development of the HOPI is made possible with the generous support of Johnson & Johnson
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