Futures Group

Resources

SAMBHAV: Vouchers Make High-Quality Reproductive Health Services Possible for India’s Poor

SAMBHAV: Vouchers Make High-Quality Reproductive Health Services Possible for India’s Poor

Voucher schemes, generally operated as public-private partnerships (PPPs), or collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors, have had positive effects on health service utilization in many developing countries. Four voucher programs, called Sambhav, were implemented from 2006-2012 as part of the Innovations in Family Planning Services Project, a bilateral project of the Government of India and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to expand access to FP/RH services to below poverty line (BPL) beneficiaries in selected districts of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jharkhand.

Models such as the Sambhav voucher schemes can serve as a prototype in the future to engage the private sector, ensure equity and accountability to those accessing services, and build on the existing systems for cost-effective and optimum service delivery and utilization.