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Private-public partnership benefits women and newborns in India

A private obstetrician examines a pregnant woman in a hospital in Gujarat, India.
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This private obstetrician works part time for the Chiranjeevi scheme at a public hospital in Bharuch district. She is one of 833 private practitioners who joined the scheme and are paid about US$ 32 per delivery. She says she is very happy with the programme because it multiplied the number of her patients and her income. Institutional deliveries in Gujarat have increased from 67% to 82% since the scheme started two years ago.

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