Programme objectives

To improve maternal health and provide basic nutrition needs during pregnancy, and to encourage pregnant women in rural areas to register early in their health facilities to avoid later complications during later stages of pregnancy or during childbirth. 

References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2014. “Welfare expands food voucher program”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/26-latest-news/102-welfare-expands-food-voucher-program>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Country
Geographic area
Previous programme name (if any)
 
Start date
2014
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2014. “Welfare expands food voucher program”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/26-latest-news/102-welfare-expands-food-voucher-program>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Programme components
Conditionalities (if any)
Attendance to pre- and post-natal care sessions in rural health facilities.
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. n.d. “FOOD VOUCHERS FOR RURAL PREGNANT MOTHERS”. MWCPA website. <http://www.mwcpa.gov.fj/index.php/social-welfare/food-vouchers-for-rural-pregnant-mothers.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Contribution type and amount
 
Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Geographical Targeting
Targeted areas
Rural areas of Fiji
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2014. “Welfare expands food voucher program”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/26-latest-news/102-welfare-expands-food-voucher-program>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Target groups
Pregnant women
Eligibility criteria
Pregnant women who visit rural health facilities regularly for pre- and post-natal care, including ‘high risk’ pregnant women who are referred to urban hospitals. No income criterion is applied, but recipients should not be beneficiaries of other social welfare programmes
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. n.d. “FOOD VOUCHERS FOR RURAL PREGNANT MOTHERS”. MWCPA website. <http://www.mwcpa.gov.fj/index.php/social-welfare/food-vouchers-for-rural-pregnant-mothers.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
 
Type of benefits
Food voucher: Each recipient will be eligible to receive 10 vouchers, depending on the number of months they visit the health facilities. There can be more than one eligible recipient in the same household. In lieu of food vouchers, cash vouchers or direct bank payments will be provided, if authorised food vendors as per the MSWWPA agreement are not available.
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. n.d. “FOOD VOUCHERS FOR RURAL PREGNANT MOTHERS”. MWCPA website. <http://www.mwcpa.gov.fj/index.php/social-welfare/food-vouchers-for-rural-pregnant-mothers.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Amount of benefits
FJD50 per month for 10 months.
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2014. “Programme helps rural pregnant women”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/2-uncategorised/122-rural-mothers.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018. Fatiaki, Rupeni. 2016. “Financing ASP. Fiji’s Case – TC Winston in 2016. Financial Tools and Approaches for Shock-responsive Safety Nets”. Presentation at the South-South Learning Forum 2018, Frankfurt, Germany. <http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/107461520537560119/SSLF18-Financing-ASP-Fiji.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly.
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2014. “Programme helps rural pregnant women”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/2-uncategorised/122-rural-mothers.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Vouchers can be redeemed at postal offices.
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2014. “Programme helps rural pregnant women”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/2-uncategorised/122-rural-mothers.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Benefit recipients
Beneficiaries themselves.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Anywhere between the three first trimesters of pregnancy up to the first month of post-natal care.
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. 2014. “Programme helps rural pregnant women”. MWCPA website. <http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/index.php/2-uncategorised/122-rural-mothers.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Coverage
4,221 mothers (2015)
References
Mansur, Aisha, Jesse Doyle, and Oleksiy Ivaschenko. 2017. “Social Protection and Humanitarian Assistance Nexus for Disaster Response: Lessons Learnt from Fiji’s Tropical Cyclone Winston”. Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper No. 1701. Washington D.C.: World Bank. <http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/143591490296944528/pdf/113710-NWP-PUBLIC-P159592-1701.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Programme expenditure
FJD1 million (2015)
References
Mansur, Aisha, Jesse Doyle, and Oleksiy Ivaschenko. 2017. “Social Protection and Humanitarian Assistance Nexus for Disaster Response: Lessons Learnt from Fiji’s Tropical Cyclone Winston”. Social Protection & Labor Discussion Paper No. 1701. Washington D.C.: World Bank. <http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/143591490296944528/pdf/113710-NWP-PUBLIC-P159592-1701.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Institutions and agencies involved
Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation (formerly known as MSWWPA); Ministry of Health and Medical Services (formerly known as MoH).
References
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. n.d. “FOOD VOUCHERS FOR RURAL PREGNANT MOTHERS”. MWCPA website. <http://www.mwcpa.gov.fj/index.php/social-welfare/food-vouchers-for-rural-pregnant-mothers.html>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
 
Legal Framework
 
MIS
 
Stakeholder
Population Group