This is a factsheet on the financial burden of paying for emergency maternal health care. The true costs of paying for emergency maternal health care hold implications for poverty reduction and health improvement.
Key implications for policy makers from the factsheet:
- Increasing the affordability of emergency maternal health care should be a key priority within state poverty reduction plans.
- Free maternal, newborn and child health programmes need to be adequately funded by the states.
- State intervention must address the indirect and the direct costs of emergency maternal health care.
- PRRINN-MNCH community systems can address some of the financial barriers of access to emergency maternal health services.
- States need to plan for how they can roll out and scale up this work so that other communities can participate.