Journal Article

Global Health Action 10.4

Characteristics of Community Savings Groups in Rural Eastern Uganda: Opportunities for Improving Access to Maternal Health Services

Published on 31 August 2017

Rural populations in Uganda have limited access to formal financial Institutions, but a growing majority belong to saving groups. These saving groups could have the potential to improve household income and access to health services.

The objective of this study is to understand organizational characteristics, benefits and challenges of savings groups in rural Uganda. This was a cross-sectional descriptive study that employed both quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques. Data on the characteristics of community-based savings groups (CBSGs) were collected from 247 CBSG leaders in the districts of Kamuli, Kibukuand Pallisa using self-administered open-ended questionnaires. To triangulate the findings, we conducted in-depth interviews with seven CBSG leaders. Descriptive quantitative and content analysis for qualitative data was undertaken respectively.

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Aloysius Mutebi, Rornald Muhumuza Kananura, Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho, John Bua, Suzanne Namusoke Kiwanuka, Gertrude Nammazi, Ligia Paina & Moses Tetui (2017) Characteristics of community savings groups in rural Eastern Uganda: opportunities for improving access to maternal health services, Global Health Action, 10:sup4, 1347363, DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2017.1347363

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Taylor & Francis
Mutebi, A. et al.
Global Health Action, volume 10, issue 4


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