In 2005, India launched the largest conditional cash transfer program in the world with its Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) initiative. JSY, which roughly translates to “Safe Motherhood Scheme”, provides cash payments to pregnant women who deliver in public medical facilities, as well as the women health workers or ASHAs who accompany them. JSY was established in response to India’s persistently high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality, which account for approximately 20% and 31% of the worldwide totals.
Beyond Profit is a new social enterprise magazine covering new models to bring innovative solutions to challenges related to poverty, climate change, education, and health. They present the stories, people and ideas behind these innovating social ventures by bringing you first-hand insights and expert commentary. In a week in November when maternal health ventures were featured, Maternova was covered alongside stellar providers of care including LifeSpring Hospitals.