Well done Agnes

On April 22, 2009, in maternal and child health, user fees, by Karen Grepin

In a comment to one of my previous posts, Joe left a comment about how in extreme cases many countries revert to locking women up when they are unable to pay their user fees for delivery. I have a picture documenting this from one of my last trips to Ghana.

The women in this piece were unable to pay for their delivery fees and as a result the women were held in the hospital. A wealthy woman in the area, Agnes, basically bailed them out by paying their fees. Each was somewhere under a few hundred Ghana cedis. Well done Agnes, but perhaps we should condemn the system for having done this in the first place.

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