Each year, nearly 8,000 Kenyan women die during pregnancy or childbirth - and another 160,000 are injured or disabled - largely because they lack access to skilled medical attention. With the healthcare systems’ high out-of-pocket fees, poorly staffed facilities, and costly transport from home many poor women believe that high quality maternity care is out of reach.
But now the Kenyan government is exploring an innovative program that gives the poorest women a “kadi,” meaning “voucher” in Swahili. Women can use them like coupons, exchanging vouchers for prenatal and delivery services from approved healthcare providers. The Population Council is measuring the difference that vouchers make in the lives of women who use them.
Join us in exploring how vouchers can help save the lives of mothers and babies. For more information from the Council about reproductive health voucher programs, please visit rhvouchers.org. To learn how the Population Council changes the way the world thinks about critical health and development issues visit popcouncil.org.