A Price Too High to Bear: The Costs of Maternal Mortality to Families and Communities

A Price Too High to Bear, a research study conducted in Kenya by Family Care International in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and the KEMRI-CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration, documents the financial and social costs of maternal death to families in a poor, remote community and the ways that these costs affect newborn survival, child health and education, and family well-being.

This research was conducted, in cooperation with the Government of Kenya, with the financial support of the U.K. Government; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.

A technical brief provides an overview of the research findings, including the devastating impact of a maternal death on the survival of newborns, the health and opportunities of surviving children, the well-being of families, and the economic productivity of communities. It includes a Foreword by James Macharia, Cabinet Secretary for Health of the Republic of Kenya.

This policy brief provides advocates with hard data and messages about the cost of maternal mortality to children, families, and communities. It is a powerful tool to support strengthened for increased investment in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, in Kenya and at the global level.

This more focused policy brief highlights the impact of a mother's death on the survival, health, education, and future opportunities available to her children, providing advocates with hard data and messages to support strengthened global and country-specific advocacy for increased RMNCH investment.


(The research team intends to publish more detailed presentations of the data and analysis during 2014 in a series of scholarly journal articles.)


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