A Price Too High to Bear


Family Care International, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the KEMRI-CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration conducted a research study in Kenya to document the financial and social costs of maternal death to families in a poor, remote community and the ways that these costs affect newborn survival, child health and education, and family well-being. Findings from this study were published in a supplement to the journal, Reproductive Health in May 2015. 

This research was conducted, in cooperation with the Government of Kenya, with the financial support of the U.K. Government; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.

Summary of Research Findings

A technical brief provides an overview of the research findings, including the devastating impact of a maternal death on the survival of newborns, the health and opportunities of surviving children, the well-being of families, and the economic productivity of communities. It includes a Foreword by James Macharia, Cabinet Secretary for Health of the Republic of Kenya.

Key Messages

This policy brief provides advocates with hard data and messages about the cost of maternal mortality to children, families, and communities. It is a powerful tool to support strengthened for increased investment in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, in Kenya and at the global level. 

Impact of Maternal Mortality on Children

This more focused policy brief highlights the impact of a mother's death on the survival, health, education, and future opportunities available to her children, providing advocates with hard data and messages to support strengthened global and country-specific advocacy for increased RMNCH investment.