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

Benjamin M. Hunter, Ramila Bisht, Indira Chakravarthi, Susan F Murray

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-73
Number of pages8
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2014


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