Women Investing Savings for Health (WISH) groups offering improved access to healthcare. 

Authors: Health Partners International
Document Type: Factsheets
Publication Date: 2013

This is the fifth in a series of six factsheets on the theme of Evidence for Action, that draws on the results and lessons learned from the PRRINN-MNCH programme. This particular factsheet focuses on Women Investing Savings for Health (WISH) groups offering improved access to healthcare. The key messages are:

WISH community groups were established to address financial barriers leading to poor access to essential maternal, newborn and child health services in Northern Nigeria. However, a pilot study found these weren’t as successful as had been hoped.

  1. Community-based women’s savings groups form a potential vehicle to influence positive health-seeking behaviour.
  2. A performance-based incentive scheme introduced by PRRINNMNCH aimed to encourage WISH groups to support increased use of MNCH services.
  3. Although there was an increase in savings through the incentive scheme and awareness of MNCH issues, this did not translate into higher use of critical services.
  4. Further research is needed to explore the benefit that can be gained from such community groups and the investment required to achieve better health outcomes.


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Tags: Nigeria, Newborn health, Maternal health, Antenatal care, Child health, Quality improvement, Emergency Transport System, PRRINN-MNCH, Access to health services, Monitoring and evaluation, Performance-based financing, Women investing savings for health, WISH,