MATERNAL AND CHILD ILL HEALTH AS A HOUSEHOLD HEALTH SHOCK – CASE DESCRIPTIONS FROM A VULNERABILITY PERSPECTIVE IN LAO PDR
Article first published online: 27 APR 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
How to Cite
Alvesson, H. M., Laflamme, L., Kanthaphat, B. and Lindelow, M. (2014), MATERNAL AND CHILD ILL HEALTH AS A HOUSEHOLD HEALTH SHOCK – CASE DESCRIPTIONS FROM A VULNERABILITY PERSPECTIVE IN LAO PDR. J. Int. Dev.. doi: 10.1002/jid.3002
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 7 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Received: 11 NOV 2013
- health shocks;
- maternal and child health;
- medical costs;
- qualitative data;
- Lao PDR
Household coping strategies during maternal and child health shocks in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) are analysed in this paper. Vulnerability was the consequence of high and immediate medical costs, which forced households to borrow money or sell off assets, and also of poor access to health care as a result of these costs. This, in turn, resulted in income loss and health deterioration. Weaknesses in the health system contributed to vulnerability through low and unstable access to preventive services and limited monitoring of the conditions that threatened the health of women and children. Even when households received timely care, they could face long-term economic impacts as a consequence of their coping strategies. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.