In a new manuscript that will soon be published in a special issue of the Journal of Benefit Cost Analysis, One Health Trust’s Arindam Nandi and colleagues conducted a cost-benefit analysis of interventions aimed at improving maternal and newborn health. They found that upscaling the coverage of Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) from 68 to 90 percent and increasing family planning services in 55 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) could avert 161,000 maternal deaths and 1.2 million newborn deaths annually. This would result in a welfare gain of $278 billion per year and a demographic dividend benefit of $25 billion per year. For every $1 invested in expanding BEmONC, the social and economic benefits on return would equal $87.

Read the manuscript, “Achieving maternal and neonatal mortality development goals effectively: A cost-benefit analysis,” here.