This paper estimates the total cost to women and their families associated with a spontaneous vaginal delivery and five types of ‘near-miss’ obstetric complication in Benin and Ghana, and assesses affordability in relation to household cash expenditure. A retrospective evaluation of costs was carried out among 121 mothers in three hospitals in Ghana. A prospective evaluation of costs was undertaken among 420 pregnant women in two hospitals in Benin. Information was collected on the cost of travel to the facilities and of direct medical and non-medical costs incurred during their stay in hospital.
Borghi, J.; Hanson, K.; Adjei Acquah, C.; Ekanmian, G.; Filippi, V.; Ronsmans, C.; Brugha, R.; Browne, E.; Alihonou, E. Costs of near-miss obstetric complications for women and their families in Benin and Ghana. Health Policy and Planning (2003) 18 (4) 383-390. [DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czg046]