XXVI IUSSP International Population Conference
27 September–2 October 2009
Financial support for poor pregnant women in Bangladesh: An operations research finding (Poster no. 129)
Moshiur Rahman, Ubaidur Rob, and Tasnima Kibria
The maternal mortality ratio (322) is comparatively high in Bangladesh. The utilization of maternity care provided by trained professionals during and after delivery is alarmingly low, primarily due to lack of knowledge and money. The overall objective of this operations research project was to test the feasibility and effectiveness of introducing financial support (voucher scheme) for poor rural women to improve utilization of antenatal care (ANC), delivery, and postnatal care (PNC) from trained service providers. A quasi-experimental pre-test–post-test design was utilized. A total 436 women were interviewed before and 414 after the intervention to evaluate the impact of interventions. In-depth interviews were conducted with users and nonusers of voucher. Findings suggest that institutional deliveries have increased from 2.3 percent to 18 percent. Utilization of ANC from trained providers has increased from 41 percent to 89 percent. Similarly, utilization of PNC from trained providers also has increased from 10 percent to 60 percent.
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