Cash and health

Health expenditures can differ greatly between households as these are based on risk rather than on average need. For this reason, ensuring access to health care services for people affected by crisis poses specific challenges to humanitarian organisations.  Cash and voucher assistance is a complementary tool to traditional supply-side public health programming. In line with commitments made at The Grand Bargain to increase the use and coordination of CVA, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is committed to establish, coordinate and develop CVA for health interventions.
Explore this page for resources linked to latest evidence, learning and technical aspects of the use of CVA as a tool for health programming in the Movement.

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5 September 2022

Cash for Health Outcomes

Type:

Organization:

RCRCM

The RCRCM CVA for Health Outcomes Technical Working Group Position Paper on Cash for Health Outcomes explores how CVA (a form of demand side financing) can be used to support health outcomes, as a complement to supply side interventions, and highlight some of the key considerations.

  • Cash and health

10 March 2022

Cash for Health Webinar 10 March 2022 – Slides

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Learning

Organization:

RCRCM CVA for Health TWG

Slides for the The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Cash and Voucher Assistance for Health Technical Working Group Webinar on the 10 March 2022. The one hour Webinar presented the role that CVA can play in RCRC operations to achieve Health Outcomes and presented the position paper on this subject. A recent practical example from the Cash for Health in Emergencies project by Kenya Red Cross society was also presented. This project used CVA to promote maternal health, including access to ante-natal care, and child health, focusing on nutrition. Finally the use of CVA in the Health Emergency Response Units (ERUs) was discussed.

  • Cash and health

10 March 2022

Cash for Health Webinar 10 March 2022 – Recording

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Video

Organization:

RCRCM CVA for Health TWG

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Cash and Voucher Assistance for Health Technical Working Group hosted a Webinar on the 10 March 2022. The one hour Webinar presented the role that CVA can play in RCRC operations to achieve Health Outcomes and presented the position paper on this subject. A recent practical example from the Cash for Health in Emergencies project by Kenya Red Cross society was also presented This project used CVA to promote maternal health, including access to ante-natal care, and child health, focusing on nutrition. The use of CVA in the Health Emergency Response Units (ERUs) was also discussed.

  • Cash and health
  • Webinar

4 March 2022

Video (2min) – Cash for Health in Emergency Taita Taveta, Kenya

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Video

Organization:

Kenya Red Cross, Kenya Red Cross Society, KRCS

This video briefly shows some of the work Kenya Red Cross Society did to support vulnerable pregnant women, lactating mothers and adolescent girls with children under five years to access health services and overcome financial barriers exacerbated by COVID-19 measures, with cash transfers.

  • Cash and health

26 October 2021

Cash for Health in Emergency – End of Phase II Project Report

Type:

Report

Organization:

Kenya Red Cross Society

This report provides an update on a cash for health project implemented between April – July 2021 by the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) to support vulnerable pregnant women, lactating mothers and adolescent girls with children under five years to access health services and overcome financial barriers acerbated by COVID-19 measures, with conditional and unrestricted cash transfers.

  • Cash and COVID-19
  • Cash and health

30 April 2021

Use of cash assistance to address newborn and child health outcomes: an evaluation report of the Taita Taveta cash for health project

Type:

Evaluation

Organization:

British Red Cross, Kenya Red Cross

This evaluation sought to measure the effects of the interventions that took place in Taveta Sub county, between October 2020 and March 2021, to improve Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) indicators through unconditional cash transfers distributed to families with children under five years of age and expectant women by the Kenya Red Cross.

  • Africa
  • Cash and health

In partnership with:

British Red Cross