FOOD VOUCHERS FOR RURAL PREGNANT MOTHERS.
Complications from pregnancy and childbirth continue to be among the leading causes of death and disability of young women in the developing world. These maternal deaths are heavily concentrated amongst the poor, reflecting as critical barriers to achieving the MDGs. Accordingly, Government remains committed to improving human development and accelerating efforts to achieve the relevant MDGs by 2015. This is evident in the continued strengthening of various health systems aimed to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health and decentralizing of primary health care to improve accessibility for the rural communities.
To complement these efforts, it has been proposed that the Food Voucher Programme, framed in the context of poverty relief, be re-activated from 2014 to target the following:
Women who attend rural health clinics regularly for pre-and-post natal,
irrespective of their family income level.
CONDITIONS OF THE FOOD VOUCHER PROGRAMME
The criteria for the targeted mothers include the following:
- Women who attend rural health facilities regularly for pre-and post natal care;
- Case-by-case basis can be approved by the rural health facilities for “high risk” pregnant mothers who need to be referred to the divisional urban hospitals for pre-natal care;
- No income criteria is to be applied;
- Civil servants are not eligible for the Food Voucher Assistance;
- Each recipient will be eligible to receive 10 vouchers, depending on the number of months they visit the health facilities. Assistance to be provided to the targeted women who receive pre-natal (three-trimesters) and post natal (first month) care;
- Eligibility will only apply to the same women who receive pre-natal care, from any stages within the three trimesters, right up to the first-month post-natal care after delivery;
- Assistance will only be provided for the first 3 confinements as part of the MOH family planning programs;
- There can be more than one eligible recipient in the same household;
- The recipient is not on social welfare assistance. This verification will be provided by the MSWWPA Headquarter; and
- In lieu of food vouchers, cash vouchers or direct bank payments will be the alternatives, if authorized food vendors as per MSWWPA Agreement are not available.
SOP- Food Voucher.