Maternal and newborn mortality in Africa: The social and economic case for investing

by Megan Wilson-Jones
Consultancy Africa Intelligence (Pty) Ltd, 02 May 2013

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This paper discusses the social and economic case for investing in maternal and newborn health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Complications arising during pregnancy and childbirth are among the leading causes of death and disability in the region. The direct cost to individuals, the health system and wider society is substantial, and further perpetuates the cycle of poverty. This paper outlines why investments in maternal and newborn health represent good value for money.

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