Quality v. Coverage: Is There a Trade-off in Financing Maternal Health?

Quality v. Coverage: Is There a Trade-off in Financing Maternal Health?

Mar 24, 2021
08:00 - 09:00 AM EDT

Online Policy Forum

With only 10 years to go to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of reducing preventable maternal and newborn deaths, what are the major changes health systems need to introduce to achieve this goal? Mothers and babies continue to die at high rates in many countries despite substantial increases in facility birth. Improving primary healthcare coverage for women of reproductive age is critical to improve their health.

However, primary care facilities might not be able to offer quality care in cases of complications and complications are often unpredictable. Higher-level facilities are better placed to offer emergency care, but due to being removed from the community, they are harder to access or less desirable if women must leave their families behind for extended periods of time.

This policy forum highlights the key factors that could help countries make decisions to further improve access and quality simultaneously, especially when faced with a resource constraint.


Elena Ateva

MNH Policy and Advocacy Advisor


Jorge Ugaz

Senior Technical Advisor


Dr. Nana Twum-Danso

Managing Director, Health Initiative

The Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Alison Morgan

Senior Health Specialist (MNCH)

GFF Secretariat

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi

Executive Director, Center for Catalyzing Change

WRA India National Coordinator