Communities must have some level of local control over health resources…

Social funds have been established to support allocating resources to the poorest people. Social funds are bottom-up, demand-driven funds, directed at a wide range of social and economic concerns, and incorporating some level of community control. These funds have been used in the main to finance small public works projects. In health, they have been applied in areas such as:

  • water supplies and sanitation
  • nutrition
  • HIV/AIDS prevention and management
  • health centre development
  • waste management
  • food hygiene
  • school health.

Funds are released in response to project requests from communities, and some form of matching community contribution (labour, material, money) is required.


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