A systematic review of strategies to increase access to health services among children in low and middle income countries

by Tess Bright, Lambert Felix, Hannah Kuper et al.
BMC Health Services Research, 2017 17:252 – Published: 5 April 2017

19 pp. 1.4 MB
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Universal Health Coverage is widely endorsed as the pivotal goal in global health, however substantial barriers to accessing health services for children in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) exist. Failure to access healthcare is an important contributor to child mortality in these settings. Barriers to access have been widely studied, however effective interventions to overcome barriers and increase access to services for children are less well documented. This review fills a gap in the literature by providing evidence of the range and effectiveness of interventions that can be used to increase access for children aged ≤5 years in LMIC. It highlights some intervention areas that seem to show encouraging trends including text message reminders and delivery of services at or close to home.

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