Bangladesh Introduces Cash Incentive for Poor Pregnant Women and Children

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bangladesh has introduced cash incentives for poor pregnant women and under-5 children in some selected districts to lure them into facilities for health and growth check-ups.

The local government ministry signed an agreement on Monday with the health ministry to implement this new project in 42 Upazillas of seven districts, mostly northern.

Under the five-year project, during each of two pregnancies, women would get Tk 200 for each of four check-ups.

A family will receive Tk 500 a month for checking growth of their babies up to two years of age, and then Tk 1000 every three months until five years of age.

Mothers will also get Tk 500 for attending workshops on child nutrition and knowledge development.

Officials say the project has been built on the “successes” of a pilot scheme for cutting maternal deaths further and addressing malnutrition.

Bangladesh is on the track of achieving MDG 5; yet at least 194 women per 100,000 die during childbirth.

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