Banyan Global


Banking on Health Project

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Banyan Global was a subcontractor to Abt Associates and a technical lead on the five-year Banking on Health global project. Funded through the United States Agency for International Development’s Private Sector Program indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, the project increased access to finance in the private health sector. Banyan Global worked with local financial institutions, including commercial banks and microfinance institutions, to increase lending through bank training, loan product development, market research, and Development Credit Authority guarantees. The team also strengthened the creditworthiness of private health care providers by facilitating access to business-development services and improving market linkages.

  • Globally, Banking on Health strengthened private health care businesses (many woman-owned) that offered family planning, reproductive health, maternal and child health, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS services to improve the access of vulnerable groups to essential health services.
  • By working with a network of female doctors in Jordan, the project reduced the gender barriers that women face in accessing family planning services, domestic violence referrals, and breast cancer screening.
  • In Ethiopia, the project strengthened an important public-private partnership to improve the accessibility of HIV/AIDS services by building the capacity of private hospitals and clinics to offer antiretrovirals in a sustainable manner.
  • In partnership with Equity Bank, the project developed a nursing student loan product targeted at youth in southwestern Uganda.