Unconditional Cash Transfers for Assistance in Humanitarian Disasters: Effect on Use of Health Services and Health Outcomes in Low- And Middle-Income Countries (Review)
Pega F, Liu SY, Walter S, Lhachimi SK. (2015) Unconditional cash transfers for assistance in humanitarian disasters: effect on use of health services and health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, 9.
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Frank Pega, Sze Yan Liu, Stefan Walter, Stefan K Lhachimi
Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
Environment and Disaster Management
The authors should be commended for their review of unconditional cash transfers for humanitarian disaster contexts as it is transparently reported and conducted to high standards. The authors conducted an extensive literature search to include both published and unpublished work in any language (using translation if necessary), screened, extracted data, and assessed risk of bias in duplicate, and provided a thorough summary with attention to study quality and resulting confidence in the various outcomes being reported (via GRADE). The section on criteria for included interventions was especially clear, given the potential for some “fuzzy UTCs”. Where possible, the authors conducted meta-analysis, and reported other outcomes narratively. Given the small number of studies included, the authors were unable to conduct any planned subgroup or sensitivity analyses.