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Bernadette Sobuthana’s mother was pregnant with twins, when she suddenly vomited and died. The problem was hypertension, which could have been easily treated with drugs, but there wasn’t enough time: the closest clinic was 25 kilometers away and the only form of transportation was ox-drawn cart.

Today, Sobuthana is a member of the World Bank team who convinced the government of Zimbabwe to adopt results-based financing in health, which is funded by a $15 million grant from the World Bank’s multi-donor Health Results Innovation Trust Fund. It provides subsidies to rural health clinics and district hospitals based on their performance in delivering a package of health services to pregnant women and children under five.

This video features Sobuthana and explores the impact RBF is making in Zimbabwe.

 

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Countries: Zimbabwe
Date of Publication: May 2013

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