Income Transfers and Maternal Health: Evidence from a National Randomized Social Cash Transfer Program in Zambia

Handa, Sudhanshu; Peterman, Amber; Seidenfeld, David; & Tembo, Gelson. (2016). Income Transfers and Maternal Health: Evidence from a National Randomized Social Cash Transfer Program in Zambia. Health Economics, 25(2), 225-36. PMCID: PMC5488682

Handa, Sudhanshu; Peterman, Amber; Seidenfeld, David; & Tembo, Gelson. (2016). Income Transfers and Maternal Health: Evidence from a National Randomized Social Cash Transfer Program in Zambia. Health Economics, 25(2), 225-36. PMCID: PMC5488682

Octet Stream icon 8804.ris — Octet Stream, 1 kB (1,456 bytes)

There is promising recent evidence that poverty-targeted social cash transfers have potential to improve maternal health outcomes; however, questions remain surrounding design features responsible for impacts. In addition, virtually no evidence exists from the African region. This study explores the impact of Zambia's Child Grant Program on a range of maternal health utilization outcomes using a randomized design and difference-in-differences multivariate regression from data collected over 24 months from 2010 to 2012. Results indicate that while there are no measurable program impacts among the main sample, there are heterogeneous impacts on skilled attendance at birth among a sample of women residing in households having better access to maternal health services. The latter result is particularly interesting because of the overall low level of health care availability in program areas suggesting that dedicated program design or matching supply-side interventions may be necessary to leverage unconditional cash transfers in similar settings to impact maternal health.




JOUR



Handa, Sudhanshu
Peterman, Amber
Seidenfeld, David
Tembo, Gelson



2016


Health Economics

25

2

225-36








PMC5488682


8804

Wink Plone Theme by Quintagroup © 2013.

Personal tools
This is themeComment for Wink theme