By; Ben Musanje
For just 4000shs, over 230,000 mothers in North and Eastern Uganda mothers have managed to deliver babies at some of the best privately owned health facilities.
Dubbed the Voucher Plus Card, the initiative started in 2016 under the financial support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with Abt Associates and Ministry of Health.
The voucher card allows the mother to access services throughout pregnancy and delivery, with just one single payment.
Once a mother buys the voucher, she is entitled to four ante-natal care visits, delivery under the care of a skilled health professional and post-natal care.
For women who develop complications, an ambulance is available to ensure there are no delays in getting them to a higher level facility where they can receive more specialised care.
According to the Chief of Party Abt Associates and Uganda Voucher Plus Activity, Christine Namayanja, the five year programme has enabled over 196,000 mothers deliver at 4000shs and hope to have more in the next three years.