Research / Weiss Fund Supported ResearchMay 20, 2019

The impact of monetary incentives on referral by taditional birth attendants for postnatal care in Nigeria

Thomas J. Bossert, Adanna Chukwuma, Jessica Cohen, Chinyere Mbachu, Margaret McConnell

Gaps in postnatal care use represent missed opportunities to prevent maternal and neonatal death in sub-Saharan Africa. As one in every three non-facility deliveries in Nigeria is assisted by a traditional birth attendant (TBA), and the TBA’s advice is often adhered to by their clients, engaging TBAs in advocacy among their clients may increase maternal and neonatal postnatal care use. This study estimates the impact of monetary incentives for maternal referrals by TBAs on early maternal and neonatal postnatal care use (within 48 h of delivery) in Nigeria.