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Past Issue • Jul-Sep 2015

Improving Maternal and Infant Healthcare Utilisation: Does Conditional Cash Incentive Work?

Improving Maternal and Infant Healthcare Utilisation: Does Conditional Cash Incentive Work?

The success of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) schemes for healthcare utilisation is as much dependent on uniform incentivisation of beneficiaries and service intermediaries, as it is on the ability of the beneficiaries to utilise the scheme itself, reveals an assessment of CCT programmes by Professor Sisir Debnath of the Indian School of Business. In 2010 one-fifth of the 287,000 maternal deaths worldwide occurred in India (WHO 2012). Every year over 300000 new-borns in India die the day they are born accounting for 29.5 percent of global birthday deaths. Primary causes for neonatal deaths are premature birth, low birth weight, neonatal infection, birth asphyxia, trauma, and tetanus. While severe bleeding, infections, high blood pressure, unsafe abortions are primary reasons behind maternal deaths. Curbing these high rates of neonatal and maternal mortality with existing healthcare infrastructure is a key challenge for policy makers.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

  • Sisir Debnath

    Sisir Debnath

    Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Indian School of Business.
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