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Encouraging maternal health service utilization: An evaluation of the Bangladesh voucher program

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  • Nguyen, Ha T.H.
  • Hatt, Laurel
  • Islam, Mursaleena
  • Sloan, Nancy L.
  • Chowdhury, Jamil
  • Schmidt, Jean-Olivier
  • Hossain, Atia
  • Wang, Hong

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With the ultimate goal of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality, many countries have recently adopted innovative financing mechanisms to encourage the use of professional maternal health services. The current study evaluates one such initiative – a pilot voucher program in Bangladesh. The program provides poor women with cash incentives and free access to antenatal, delivery, and postnatal care, as well as cash incentives for providers to offer these services.

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  • Nguyen, Ha T.H. & Hatt, Laurel & Islam, Mursaleena & Sloan, Nancy L. & Chowdhury, Jamil & Schmidt, Jean-Olivier & Hossain, Atia & Wang, Hong, 2012. "Encouraging maternal health service utilization: An evaluation of the Bangladesh voucher program," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 74(7), pages 989-996.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:74:y:2012:i:7:p:989-996
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.11.030
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