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Learning what works for better programs and policies : Argentina - can performance payments improve newborn health (anglais)

Poor children face barriers to healthy development even before they are born. Their mothers may not have nutritious food or proper prenatal care, which can harm a baby’s brain development when it needs it most. Mothers may not deliver in a health facility nor have a skilled birth attendant present, increasing the risk of complications and ultimately putting their life and that of the baby at risk. In Argentina, the World Bank supported a government program, Plan Nacer, to improve maternal-child health outcomes through increased coverage and quality of health services. The program gives provincial authorities financial incentives for enrolling pregnant women and children in the program and for achieving specific primary health care goals. An impact evaluation found that Plan Nacer improved the birth weight of babies and reduced newborn deaths, while improving access to public health facilities and boosting the quality of care. The evidence from this evaluation will equip policy makers in low and middle income countries with additional information when designing health programs aimed at improving specific outcomes. As governments around the world look for ways to create effective programs to help their poorest citizens, the results from this impact evaluation provide an example of how health sector reforms can give children the right start in life.

Information

  • Auteur

    Gertler,Paul J., Givagnoli, Paula, Martinez,Sebastian

  • Date du document

    2015/02/01

  • Type de document

    Fiche

  • Numéro du rapport

    95197

  • Volume

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Pays

    Argentine,

  • Région

    Amérique latine et Caraïbes,

  • Date de publication

    2015/03/23

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Titre du rapport

    Learning what works for better programs and policies : Argentina - can performance payments improve newborn health?

  • Mots clé

    Prenatal Care;pregnant woman;birth weight;quality of care;newborn deaths;health target;public health system;primary health care;quality of health;public health facility;impact of poverty;Infant Mortality;cesarean section;eligible population;health program;provincial authority;health expenditure;financial life;participation rate;early death;healthy development;newborn health;income impact;health reform;tetanus vaccine;empirical evidence;organization design;effective policies;job opportunities;job opportunity;care benefit;nutritious food;medical records;maternity hospital;maternal-child health;individual level;population census;geographic coordinates;birth attendant;birth outcome;measure of use;creating incentives;need of care;increased demand;economic crisis;live birth;vaccination rate;early pregnancy;indigenous population;provincial budget;poor child;infant death;medical equipment;preventive care;womens health;newborn mortality;

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