Sexual and reproductive health

The immediate economic impact of maternal deaths on rural chinese households

Research article

Fang Ye, Haijun Wang, Dale Huntington, Hong Zhou, Yan Li, Fengzhi You, Jinhua Li, the study team for Economic Impact of Maternal Deaths in China

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Publication details

Number of pages: 7
Publication date: June 2012
Languages: English


This study is the first to compare the direct costs, indirect costs and economic burden between the households which experienced childbirth with and without maternal death in rural areas of China, or elsewhere in the world. The study showed that the direct costs of a maternal death were significantly higher than the costs of a childbirth without a maternal death (US$4,119 vs. $370).