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“The delivery of health care to the poor often fails on the last lap. Whilst more fortunate individuals and families have access to life saving technologies and health improving services, the poor often have to do without essential health care. The case studies in this book provide a systematic analysis of the dimensions, distribution, and determinants of inequitable access to health care and a logical framework for devising feasible solutions to improving access for the poor.”

Adetokunbo O. Lucas, M.D., Former Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

“While a significant proportion of the grantmaking of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focuses on discovering and developing new health tools, we are equally committed to helping ensure that existing and new tools are rapidly delivered to the people who need them. This book and the case studies and frameworks contained within it have helped the Foundation to shape its response to the challenges of improving access to health solutions. We believe the analyses and narratives herein will help others around the world who seek to do the same.”

Excerpt from the “Foreword” by
Tadataka Yamada, M.D.
President, Global Health Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“This book provides an excellent combination of concept and case examples. It is a much needed and highly relevant contribution to the literature on health technologies for resource-poor countries. The authors make the point that an accumulation of great new products that remain mostly on the shelf is not a good investment of public, commercial, or philanthropic resources. A comprehensive approach to access strategies is needed right from the start. ”

Jonathan D. Quick, M.D., M.P.H.
Former director, Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy, World Health Organization
President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health


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