Demand-side financing and promotion of maternal health: what has India learnt?

Hunter, Benjamin M, Chakravarthi, Indira, Bisht, Ramila and Murray, Susan F (2014) Demand-side financing and promotion of maternal health: what has India learnt? Economic and Political Weekly, 49 (2). pp. 66-73. ISSN 0012-9976

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Abstract

Use of demand-side financing has become increasingly common in maternal healthcare and India has been a leading example with large-scale programmes such as the Janani Suraksha Yojana and Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana. This paper undertakes a systematic review of the evidence to consider how demand-side financing has been used and whether there has been any impact on maternal health service utilisation, maternal health, or other outcomes. The findings suggest that a relatively narrow focus on achieving targets has often overburdened health facilities, while inadequate referral systems and unethical practices present overwhelming barriers for women with obstetric complications. The limited evidence available also suggests that little has been done to challenge the low status of poor women at home and in the health system.

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Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
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Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 13:46
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2019 13:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/86074
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