In developing countries, many women give birth at home and rarely see a trained healthcare provider before or after the baby’s birth. This is true even when the health facilities are close to where the women live. Approximately 50 percent of newborn deaths occur on the first day of life; most of these are preventable if women attend clinics and give birth at health facilities. In this Explorations-phase project, we will test the role of cash incentives in overcoming the complex barriers to MNCH attendance and in sustaining a change towards health-seeking behaviour in the study population.
While the pilot focuses on MNCH services, the underlying concept is replicable to several other fields, including work on cookstoves and sanitation, where technologies for reducing health burdens exist but people do not use them.
Protocol on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of conditional cash transfers in facilitating health visits and promoting maternal and child health.
Read the protocol for an economic evaluation of the Afya project in Kenya, which uses cash transfers to encourage women to take up pre- and postnatal care.
This article assesses the impact of a project in Kenya that made cash transfers to retain women in antenatal care, delivery at facility and postnatal care.