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An Impact Evaluation of the Safe Motherhood Program in China

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Name of the Asset | An Impact Evaluation of the Safe Motherhood Program in China
Type of Asset | Working Paper
Date | September 2009

Summary

The Chinese government initiated the national Safe Motherhood (SM) Program in 2000. The study aims to reduce maternal mortality rates (MMR) through the enhancement of maternal and child health (MCH) care. The goal of this study was to evaluate the impact of the program.

The study collected eleven years of secondary panel data for all the counties across China, used propensity score matching (PSM) to select 3 comparable counties, and then employed fixed effect models to estimate the impact. PSM procedures were used to select comparable program and non-program counties.

Results support the conclusion that the safe motherhood program reduces MMR by enhancing MCH care, through the enhancement of antenatal care and hospital deliveries.

Authors:

  • Xinglin Feng, Lecturer, Department of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, Peking University Health and Science Center
  • Yan Guo, Professor, Department of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, Peking University Health and Science Center
  • Hao Luo
  • Juan Shen
  • Guang Shi, China Health Economics Institute, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China.
  • Yan Wang, Professor, Director of the Department of Child, Adolescent and Women's Health, Vice Dean of School of Public Health, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China
  • Ling Xu, Research Fellow, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
  • Hui Yin

Country and/or Region | China
Name of the Program | GDN’s Global Research Project ‘Promoting Innovative Programs from the Developing World: Towards Realizing the Health MDGs in Africa and Asia
Funder(s) | The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States

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