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Cash for Health: Key learnings from a cash for health intervention in Jordan

2017 — By United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

In Jordan, UNHCR and partners use cash as a part of a wider programme of referral services for refugees to access health care. Vulnerable pregnant refugee women are provided cash to pay for delivery. The value and targeting criteria for the transfer depend on the type of delivery medically indicated. Using cash enables UNHCR to serve more refugees and people of concern with the same level of funding: UNHCR is charged up to three times more if they refer through the referral system than if refugee women pay the delivery themselves. 

This review highlights how cash grants contributed to increase access to quality health care for hundreds of pregnant refugee women while improving cost efficiency and effectiveness.