FEMHealth stands for ‘fee exemption for maternal health care’. Focal countries for this work were Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali and Morocco. All have recently introduced national policies to reduce financial barriers for delivery or emergency obstetric care.

The overall aims of the project were (1) to develop new methodological approaches for the evaluation of complex interventions in low income countries, (2) to improve the health of mothers and their newborns by performing comprehensive evaluations of the impact, cost and effectiveness of the removal of user fees for delivery care on maternal and neonatal health outcomes and service quality, and (3) to improve the communication of this evidence to policy-makers and other stakeholders.

We provided support to FEMHealth in the drafting, design and production of a set of policy briefs which summarized and illustrated the political and technical implications of their research.

Read some of the policy briefs

Assessment of three years of implementation of the free caesarean section policy in five health zones of Benin

Effects of subsidising maternal and neonatal health care in Burkina Faso: “it’s good but still not enough”!

Assessment of the impact of the free delivery and caesarean section policy in Morocco New tools, new knowledge

POEM (Policy Effects Mapping tool) or how to assess the effects of a targeted policy on the local health system