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Ushara, 22, was given an expected date of arrival by boat clinic staff and decided to make the trip to Dibrugarh, the nearest district hospital, for the birth of her second child. Government incentives pay both the families and ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists, government sponsored local health educators and monitors) for each baby born in a hosptial. If the baby is a girl, a savings account is opened with 5000 Rps (approx 110 USD), available to the girl on her 18th birthday, a scheme started to curb female infanticide.

Ushara, 22, was given an expected date of arrival by boat clinic staff and decided to make the trip to Dibrugarh, the nearest district hospital, for the birth of her second child. Government incentives pay both the families and ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists, government sponsored local health educators and monitors) for each baby born in a hosptial. If the baby is a girl, a savings account is opened with 5000 Rps (approx 110 USD), available to the girl on her 18th birthday, a scheme started to curb female infanticide.