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Measuring Changes in Infant Birthweight due to Performance-based and Unconditional Financial Incentives

Health & Psychology Zambia
Woman and Child in Zambia

Woman and Child in Zambia. Photo Credit: Jessica Lea/Department for International Development

Every year, an estimated 16% of all infants globally and an estimated 10% in Zambia are born with low birth weight (birth weight < 2500 grams). Improvements in the quality of healthcare, particularly the early initiation of high quality prenatal and antenatal care in pregnancy, have been found to reduce the likelihood of low infant birth weight. This study leverages the roll out of the Zambia Results Based Financing (ZRBF) pilot project (2012-2015), which offered financial incentives to healthcare providers to improve their productivity and the quality of maternal and child healthcare. The study uses a triple differences design to investigate the relative effects on changes in infant birth weights of paying healthcare providers using; performance-based, unconditional, or no financial incentives at all, to provide prenatal and antenatal care. Results of this study are forthcoming.

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  • Benjamin Chibuye
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