There has been considerable interest in the methods of financing health care for pregnant women, and the economic impact of different methods on the household. Based on a large scale household survey in rural Nepal, we measured the costs of delivery care to households, and investigated coping strategies to pay for care, and women's preferences for care at birth. The results indicated that households spend considerable sums, and resulted in the government introduction of a cash transfer programme, compensating women attending facilities for care during delivery.
This is one of a series of notes on how the use of good statistics has made a difference to policy making.
Costs of seeking assistance during child birth - magnitude and household impact in Nepal