CVA for Health Outcomes: Learnings from Jordan, Burkina Faso and Bangladesh

How can Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) support the goal of improved health outcomes in conditions of extreme poverty and vulnerability?  

We invite you to come and explore this question with us, as we present findings from Bangladesh, Burkina Faso and Jordan.  We will share learning from three programmes that used cash and vouchers to  improve access to and utilization of health services. This was achieved by either by reducing direct and indirect financial barriers, and/or by incentivizing the use of free preventive services.  

During the course of the webinar we will also discuss some of the concerns around using cash and voucher assistance to achieve health outcomes. Some people worry that CVA, in particular through MPC, may undermine the principle that people should be able to access sufficient quality health care which is free (or at least affordable) at the point of service. The current focus on CVA for health responds to the realisation that, in many humanitarian and development contexts, focusing only on the supply side of health care is not enough, and that we also need to find ways to address demand side barriers to strengthen the demand for and access to services.