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Swiss Red Cross (SRC)

Joint Management with Lao Red Cross of the Safe Motherhood Voucher Scheme and Free services for children Under 5 in Sukhuma and Mounlapamok districts (sub-contract of MDM project)

Last updated:2014-05-08 14:36:34

The Pilot Safe Motherhood Programme, Champassak Province, is implemented by Médecins du Monde (MdM) in 2 districts of Champassak province: Moonlapamok and Sukhuma.                                                        

The overall objective is to contribute to reducing maternal and children under 5 morbidity and mortality in the targeted districts in Champassak province.

One of the 3 main expected results to achieve the overall objective is to remove the financial barriers to access reproductive and child health services. In line with the Lao Health Financing Strategy 2011-2015, MdM decided to implement free delivery and ANC and PNC in the 2 districts through a voucher scheme.

For the Lao Red Cross/Swiss Red Cross Vouchers Management Agency, the main objective is to provide management and accounting services for the Safe Motherhood Voucher Scheme together with verification of the services reportedly delivered by the health providers in exchange of reimbursement by MdM. Since January 2013, the management is extended to the Free of charge health service for all children under 5 of the two districts.

The Lao Red Cross is in charge of the MCH Vouchers / Free U5 services management and accounting operations with the technical support of the Swiss Red Cross (and limited financial support).

Results as of end of 2013, the Safe Motherhood Voucher Scheme:

  1. Funded 11,823 ANC visits, 1,481 deliveries/miscarriages and 75 complications including 268 referral cases.

  2. 75% of the pregnant woman attended the ANC1 and 22% completed the 4 ANCs.

  3. 24% of the expected pregnant woman delivered in a public health facility in 2013 vs. to 5% in 2010/11

  4. 91 caesarean sections corresponding to 1.4% of expected births and 7% of the deliveries per

Since the start in September 2011, benefits paid reached LAK 893 million (~US 113,000) funded by Medecins Du Monde. 28% of the cost is on ANC/PNC, 46% on deliveries and 25% paid for food, transport, referrals and funerals mainly for deliveries. District Hospitals received 49% of payments, Referral Hospitals 29% and HC 22%

Project Start Date Project End Date Current Project Phase Current Phase Start Current Phase End Project Operational Budget
Aug 1st 2011 Dec 31st 2015 Apr 27th 2012 Apr 27th 2012 50000

Project Coordinator Project Partners
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Provinces and districts of project activity:

Provinces Districts
Champasack Province - Moonlapamok - Sukuma

Sectors and sub-sectors of project activity:

Sectors Sub-sectors
Emergency and Humanitarian Relief - Social Welfare
Health Care - Drug Revolving Fund - Mother & Child Care
Human Resources Development - Capacity Building
Social Development - Advocacy and Social Legislation

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