Maternity incentive program of Nepal known as Safe Delivery Incentive Program (SDIP)
was introduced nationwide in 2005 with the intention of increasing utilization of
professional care at childbirth. The program provided both childbirth service as well
as 'cash' to women giving birth in a health facility in addition to incentives to
health provider for each delivery attended, either at home or the facility. Due to
a lack of uniformity in its implementation and administrative delays, the program
was reformed and even extended to many not-for-profit health institutions in early
2007, and implemented as a 'Safer Mother Program' popularly known as "Aama-Suraksha-Karyakram"
since January 2009.