A new report, "Economic Impact of Unsafe Abortion-Related Morbidity and Mortality: Evidence and Estimation Challenges," reveals that unsafe abortion-related morbidity and mortality (UARMM) exacts a huge price annually in terms of the lives and health of women in developing countries each year. Almost 20 million unsafe abortions occur annually, virtually all in the developing world. More than 5 million of these result in medical complications so serious that they require hospitalisation. The economic cost of UARMM is also enormous, burdening public health systems, the households in which these women live and also the economies of the countries themselves.
The total cost to the developing world lies between $375 and $838 million, with a central estimate of around $500 million (2006 US$). To find out more, click here.
At Women Deliver, we often talk about the cost to the global economy of losing mothers in pregnancy and childbirth. To find out more, click here.