Resource mobilisation for child health is an important global concern given the international commitments to achieve the health MDGs. However, data on actual expenditures for child health are limited and scarce. To solve this, WHO commissioned IHP to coordinate these two pilot studies in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka using a child health accounts approach to measure child health expenditures. The project involved using health accounts methodologies to analyze what proportion of national health spending was for children and for what types of child health activities. The results of this exercise were used to develop WHO’s guidelines for future work in this area. According to this study, child health spending in Sri Lanka in 2000 was estimated to be Rs 1,662 millions, which represented 4.3% of current health expenditures. This was a lower share than in Bangladesh where it was 13%.
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Health accounts, Child health, Methodology, MDGs, MCH