The goal of the ‘Juana Azurduy’ mother and child subsidy program, introduced in Bolivia eight months ago, is to slash maternal mortality by 80 percent over five years.
“…The subsidy, paid in 17 instalments, is conditional on the mother attending a state health centre for four prenatal check-ups, receiving medical attention during childbirth, and attending 12 postnatal check-ups for the mother and baby until the child is two years old.
The ‘Juana Azurduy’ stipend is complemented by the Health Ministry’s universal mother and child insurance plan (SUMI), which ensures free care for mothers giving birth in any hospital in the country, another healthcare innovation.
‘The subsidy payment comes in handy for buying milk, diapers, and food for the family,’ said Angélica Choque, a mother waiting to be seen at the Alto Miraflores municipal health centre on the outskirts of La Paz, where TerraViva spent a day recently…”
Read the full story, Bolivia: Cash for Checkups to Slash Maternal Deaths.