ARGENTINA: Can Performance Payments Improve Newborn Health?

In Argentina, the World Bank supported a goverment program, Plan Nacer, to improve manternal child health outcomes through increase coverage and quality of health services. The program gives provincial authorities financial incentives for enrolling pregnant women and children in the program and for achieving specific primary health care goals. An Impact evaluation found that Plan Nacer improved the birth weight of babies and reduced newborn deaths, while improving access to public health facilities and boosting the quality of care.

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