Supporting Cote d’Ivoire’s efforts to reduce maternal and infant mortality through performance-based financing

Project Overview

The Government of Côte d’Ivoire implemented the Projet de Renforcement du Système de Santé et de Réponse aux Urgences Épidémiques (PRSSE) with funding from the World Bank. The project supported the implementation of performance-based financing (PBF) to increase the provision and quality of health services at 368 primary health centers and 19 hospitals in 17 of the country’s 82 health districts.

The Government of Côte d’Ivoire has adopted PBF as a key strategy for reducing maternal and infant mortality among the most vulnerable populations while contributing to its long-term goal of achieving universal health coverage. PBF directly rewards health care providers with financial incentives that are tied to the achievement of results based on predetermined performance targets.

Through a contract with PRSSE, MSH and Global Challenge Corporation partnered to strengthen the managerial and technical capacity of the Ministry of Public Health and Hygiene and local NGOs to implement PBF. Specifically, MSH provided coaching to health care providers to improve their performance in delivering high-quality services and ensure that reliable data is strategically used for improved planning and evidence-based decision making.