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.
- Community-based women’s savings groups form a potential vehicle to influence positive health-seeking behaviour.
- A performance-based incentive scheme introduced by PRRINNMNCH aimed to encourage WISH groups to support increased use of MNCH services.
- 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.
- 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.