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Health Equity and Financial Protection in Asia (HEFPA) Project

The HEFPA Project

The Health Equity and Financial Protection in Asia (HEFPA) Project is a four-year (2009-2013) research project of a consortium of academic and research institutions in Europe and East Asia. The HEFPA Project is funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme. The overall HEFPA Project seeks “to advance understanding of the related problems of limited and unequal access to health care and of exposure to the financial risks associated with illness in low and lower-middle income Asian countries”. It has two aims:

  • To determine the causes and the consequences of limited access, equity and affordability of health care in resource-poor Asian systems; and
  • To identify potential solutions to these problems by drawing on the experience of the health financing reforms being implemented in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

To ensure that the research findings will inform policy, the HEFPA consortium partners commit to publish and disseminate evidence, both through scientific peer-reviewed journals and briefings targeted at policy-orientated audiences (domestic and international), on:

  • Determinants of the accessibility and affordability of health care in Asia, including the factors that lead to more or less inequality in the distribution of health care;
  • Factors that determine the extent to which households are exposed to financing risks associated with illness and how they cope with those risks; and
  • The impact of specific health financing interventions on access to health care and protection from the financial risks of illness in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The HEFPA consortium partners are:

  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Prins Leopold Instituut Voor Tropische Geneeskunde (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • University of Macedonia Economics and Social Sciences (Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Institute of Social Studies (The Hague, The Netherlands)
  • Oxford University (Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Center for Advanced Study (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
  • Shandong University (Shandong, People’s Republic of China)
  • Yayasan Smeru (Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • UPecon Foundation, Inc (Quezon City, Philippines)
  • International Health Policy Program Foundation (Nonthaburi, Thailand)
  • Research and Development Center for Community Health Strategy (Hanoi, Vietnam)