The Costs and Benefits of a Maternal and Child Health Project in Nigeria
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The Nigerian government's National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) launched a pilot health project, titled the "NHIS/MDG Maternal and Child Health Project." The Project focuses on reducing maternal and child mortality and uses funds from the World Bank's Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC), which provides dollar-for-dollar debt reduction against government allocation of funds to poverty-reduction programs. In this report, Health Policy Initiative analyzes the success of the NHIS/MDG Maternal and Child Health Project and makes the following recommendations: ? Leverage new funding to expand the Project's reach and duration; ? Include family planning consultations and services in the service package; ? Study the quality and comparative benefit of the services provided by the Project; ? Further support HMOs in their efforts to achieve enrollment goals and service delivery; ? Differentiate capitation rates between women and children; ? Lower provider capitation rates to public facilities after one or two years of participation; ? Provide performance-based incentives to states; and ? Facilitate public-private partnerships in the Project.
|Document Type:||TECHNICAL REPORTS/MATERIALS|
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|Keywords:||Maternal Health, MDGs|