As part of Social Media Week next week, a new film about vouchers for maternal health will be screened in New York. The film explores a Population Council project in Kenya to provide access to maternal care for mothers:
About 8,000 Kenyan women died last year as a result of child birth. Another 160,000 suffered injury or disability as a result of child birth. We can prevent most of this needless suffering and death, if only we can get women access to quality healthcare. Kadi chronicles a new approach to giving the most vulnerable Kenyan women access to quality maternal healthcare – a Voucher.
Vouchers are a simple but potentially revolutionary departure from typical methods healthcare financing and development aid. Poor mothers are provided with vouchers entitling them to get a comprehensive suite of maternal health services including safe delivery and coverage for complications from a network of approved healthcare providers.