Research brief: Unique insights from the first combined financial & health diaries

Dec 14, 2015

The Financial & Health Diaries project documents how 240 low-income families in rural Nigeria and Kenya manage money & health issues.

It is unique in its kind:

  • The first study to combine Financial Diaries with detailed Health Diaries. It includes in-depth analysis of symptoms, effect on daily activities, health visits, health provider choice, services received, and finally out of pocket health expenditure, including travel costs to the facility.
  • Half of the sampled households had health insurance, enabling analysis into decisions on health insurance enrollment.
    Same data collection method in Nigeria and Kenya, allowing for cross-country comparison.
  • The Diaries unravel novel linkages between agriculture and health.
  • And… this is the first Diaries project in Nigeria.

So far, the principal investigators on this project (Wendy Janssens and Berber Kramer) have presented their work at multiple venues, including:

  • International Microinsurance Conference in Dar Es Salaam (2012)
  • Workshop on the Portfolios of the Atlanta Poor (CEAR) at State University Georgia (2013)
  • University of Munich seminar (2015)
  • University of Passau seminar (2015)
  • International Microinsurance Conference in Casablanca (2015)
  • CSAE Conference at Oxford University (2015)

Click here for the first & here for the second research brief. Stay tuned for updates, blogs and fact sheets with insights!

This Diaries project was conducted by the Amsterdam Institute for International Development and PharmAccess with the support of VU University, Tinbergen, IFPRI and A4NH. For questions, email Annegien Langedijk-Wilms at