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    Impact of maternal and newborn health expenditures on poverty

    Project ID: MM-001 Status: Completed

    This is a systematic review of the evidence base on maternal–newborn health (MNH) care expenditures and poverty. Critical gaps and weaknesses in the evidence base make it difficult to draw any firm conclusions about how and to what extent households are impoverished as a result of payments for MNH care. The review was however able to identify several possible pathways through which, in the absence of adequate social safety nets, MNH care expenditures contribute to poverty. The financial and time costs associated with seeking MNH care have a direct impact on households by absorbing a substantial share of their incomes. They have an indirect impact through the coping strategies that households adopt to deal with the financial catastrophe with which they are faced. Such strategies erode the asset base and increase the indebtedness of households, further undermining their efforts to escape poverty.

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    Start Date: Jan 2005
    End Date: Sep 2005
    Themes: Maternal health, Health expenditures
    Sponsor(s): WHO
    Client: WHO
    IHP Staff: A Somanathan, Iain Aitken (Harvard)
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    Region: Global
    Country(s): Global
    Partner(s): Harvard University
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