The Community of Practice for Health and Microfinance (COPHAM) in India organizes events — in-person and online — to promote universal healthcare coverage through a learning agenda guided by the membership.

COPHAM brings together health and microfinance organizations for occasional stakeholder meetings, roundtables, and workshops as well as in virtual "webinars." These events provide opportunities some members to showcase their integrated health and microfinance programs and for others to find inspiration for pilot programs and collaborations.

Latest Stakeholder Meeting

2018 Ranchi Workshop

Our most recent in-person event was in October 2018 with "Improving Health and Nutrition Outcomes in West Bengal & Jharkhand: A workshop on a women-centred approach on a financial services platform."

The agenda was designed to share results from the Maa Aur Shishu Swasthya (MASS) project and to explore their implications for health and microfinance sectors, government agencies and donor organisations.

At the end of the day, participants shared what the workshop meant to them and their organisations. They additionally filled out a commitment worksheet to outline their action plan and for follow-on activities.

To learn more, you can read the workshop proceedings and peruse the PPT presentations! LEARN MORE

See snapshots of the day in our photo album.

Ranchi workshop proceedings_011019.pdf

We also visited Bandhan Konnagar health branches in Karmatoli and Nizam Nagar villages to learn about community health workers. See more photos.

30 Oct Workshop

Break-out groups for 2019 planning

29 OCt FielD visit to Bandhan Health Clinic

Classroom learning from Bandhan Konnagar staff

Bandhan community health workers facilitate a health education session

Participants to the field visit

2017 Stakeholder Meet

Second Annual COPHAM Stakeholder Meet

The Second Annual COPHAM Stakeholder Meet was held September 2017 in Gandhinagar on the campus of local member Indian Institute of Public Health-Gandhinagar.

Learning sessions covered training SHG women as community health workers in Rajasthan, developing health insurance products in Gujarat, and creating wrap-around health services to improve maternal and child health in Jharkhand and West Bengal. In a new session, "Marketplace of Ideas," attendees pitched new projects for collaboration.

At the end of the day, all agreed to establish 2 working groups to a) define a way forward for a sustainable community of practice and b) undertake this year's research agenda.

To learn more, you can read the workshop proceedings, watch the video recordings and peruse the PPT presentations! LEARN MORE

See snapshots of the day in our photo album

COPHAM Proceedings_v5_FINAL_web.pdf

We also visited VimoSewa to learn about their experience with community health insurance. See more photos.

Want to propose a webinar?

Do you have an exciting health product that reaches distant villages? Or, an innovative cross-sectoral collaboration that has allowed you and partners to reach scale? Contact DSK Rao to pitch your webinar or workshop topic.

2016 Stakeholder Workshop

In September 2016, COPHAM held its first annual Stakeholder Meet in Chennai hosted by local MFI, Equitas. Members endorsed the Terms of Reference (ToR), which includes member roles and responsibilities of member organisations; established an activities agenda for 2016-17; and formed partnerships between researchers, donors, and service providers with MFIs.

To learn more, you can read the Workshop Proceedings (below), peruse the PPT presentations, and explore the Attendees page to see if any partnership pitches interest you!

CoP proceedings_FINAL.pdf
Draft Agenda 090216.docx