The effects of MCH insurance cards on improving equity in access and use of maternal and child health care services in Tanzania: a mixed methods analysis

by August Kuwawenaruwa, Gemini Mtei, Jitihada Baraka et al.
Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 2016 35:37 – Published: 18 November 2016

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In 2010, Tanzania introduced free health insurance cards to pregnant women and their families to influence access, use, and provision of health services. However, little is known about whether the use of the maternal and child health cards improved equity in access and use of maternal and child health care services. The authors conclude that to improve equity in access to facility-based delivery care using strategies such as maternal and child health insurance cards it is necessary to ensure beneficiaries and other stakeholders are well informed of the programme, as giving women insurance cards only does not guarantee facility-based delivery.

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