Dr Madhulatha Alexander, Dr Lakshmi Padma Priya P


BACKGROUND: There is constant need to improve and strengthen the services needed to decrease maternal mortality1. One strategy for reducing
maternal mortality and morbidity is ensuring that every baby is delivered in an institution2. Institutional deliveries with skilled birth attendants has
shown to have better health outcome and survival of mothers and neonates. It also provides easy access to skilled assistance, drugs, equipments and
referral transport. In order to encourage institutional deliveries, the Government of Telengana has introduced a cash incentive to the patients who
are below the poverty line to deliver in the government hospitals.
METHODS: A rural medical college hospital setting was selected in the newly formed state of Telengana. The number of deliveries before and
after giving cash incentives to the mother and a kit to the the neonate was studied .
RESULTS: There was an absolute increase in the number of hospital deliveries, although this was not statistically significant.
CONCLUSION: Giving incentives to obstetric patients increases the number of hospital deliveries.


Incentives, Maternal Health, Maternal Mortality.

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