Increasing the Utilization of Maternity Care: Does Demand-Side Financing Work?

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By: Sarah Hodin, MPH, CD(DONA), LCCE, National Senior Manager of Maternal Newborn Health Programs, Steward Health Care

In recent years, demand-side financial incentives have been increasingly used in low- and middle-income countries in an effort to address the well-documented economic barriers to maternal health care access and utilization. A recent systematic review examined the evidence on five types of incentives: conditional cash transfers, unconditional cash transfers, short-term cash payments, vouchers for maternity care services and vouchers for merit goods…read more

The Role of Measurement in Tracking Progress When Scaling Up Maternal Health Interventions

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By: Ann K. Blanc, Vice President/Director, Poverty, Gender, and Youth program, Population Council; Katharine J. McCarthy, Staff Associate, Population Council

As attention in maternal health shifts to a new emphasis on ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM) and addressing inequities, the tracking of progress will remain important. A key aspect of these future efforts will require the valid measurement of not only contact with maternal and newborn health services but also coverage of key interventions that reflect the quality of services received…read more

John Snow, Inc. (JSI)

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