Productivity Losses from Mortality and Morbidity of Children and Mothers in Eswatini

UNICEF developed a report which provides a comprehensive analysis of the economic impact of mortality and morbidity of children and mothers in Eswatini.

A community health worker holding a baby during a routine visit to a family.
UNICEFEswatini/Karin/2023

Highlights

UNICEF developed a report which provides a comprehensive analysis of the economic impact of mortality and morbidity of children and mothers in Eswatini. Based on the report, health-related concerns cause the country to lose a substantial amount of productivity, with an estimated annual cost of inaction of over E1 billion. The report suggests financing health initiatives to lower rates of illness and death, which would have a large positive economic impact. Most of the disease burden in Eswatini is attributed to five main areas: enteric diseases, respiratory infections, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), disorders affecting mothers and newborns, and nutritional inadequacies. It also offers a theoretical framework that is in line with the WHO's conceptual framework to explain the relationships between health and economic production. The cost of the inaction model serves as the foundation for the methodology employed in this research. The approach of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) is used in the report to quantify the burden of disease. According to the data, women who are fertile bear the second-highest burden of disease, after young children under five. The report further emphasizes how crucial it is to address health issues in Eswatini to foster development and economic success.

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