Aug 30, 2010

India Tries Using Cash Bonuses to Slow Birthrates

AUTHOR:Jim YardleySOURCE:New York Times

India should be commended for instituting cash aids for spacing births to reduce population growth. Family planning is a key factor along with eliminating child brides for improving healthy outcomes and decreasing malnutrition. These policies will facilitate girls to complete school and improve literacy. Since India accounts for over 25% of all mothers dying during pregnancy and childbirth worldwide these incentives will also reduce maternal deaths. India has also been using conditional cash transfers to encourage women to give births in-facility where basic and complicated procedures may be managed safely. These pilot programs are being implemented in India’s poorest districts, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where the fertility and maternal rates are the highest in the country. As noted only a holistic strategy can impact India’s population growth and provide health services with family planning education.  Other developing countries should learn from India’s innovative approach and adopt similar programs. Here is the link to the NY Times article:


Did you know?

Between 1990 and 2008, maternal mortality worldwide dropped by one third.

Source:The World Health Organization, 2010

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