World Bank provides $2.4bn to pay mothers to take their babies to health clinicsBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b619 (Published 13 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b619
- Ben Bland
The World Bank will lend $2.4bn (£1.7bn; €1.9bn) to developing countries this year to support the expansion of schemes in which mothers receive money in exchange for committing to take their babies to health clinics regularly or ensuring that their children stay in school.
With the deepening economic problems expected to push many families worldwide below the poverty line, the bank believes that targeted cash payments can help to provide a short term safety net and improve health and education in the longer term.
In a report into the …