by Amanda Glassman, Denizhan Duran, and Marge Koblinsky
Center for Global Development, April 2013
The authors carried out a systematic review of studies on Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) that report maternal and newborn health outcomes, including studies from eight countries. They found that CCTs have increased antenatal visits, skilled attendance at birth, delivery at a health facility, and tetanus toxoid vaccination for mothers, and reduced the incidence of low birth weight. The programs have not had a significant impact on fertility or Caesarean sections while impact on maternal and newborn mortality has not been well documented thus far.