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UNICEF Nepal Working Paper Series: LOST LIVES, LOST FUTURES : The Indirect Cost of Infant Mortality in Nepal
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This study estimated the indirect costs and the years of potential life lost due to infant deaths in Nepal using the human capital approach and national statistics and estimates, which are publicly available. The indirect costs of productivity losses due to 18,075 infant deaths in 2013 were estimated to be NPR 2,339 million (USD 23 million) for the time period 2028–2072. The estimated cost represents 0.12 per cent of Nepal’s 2013 GDP. The infant deaths within 12 months after birth contributed to 1,001,994 person-years of potential life lost in Nepal. The loss from infant mortality has a profound economic significance. The failure to save infants may result in significant long-term economic costs. This study offers an alternative perspective on the burden of infant mortality. The study results have the potential to enhance economic arguments surrounding child health among stakeholders outside the traditional health sector.

UNICEF ,   (2015 )
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 UNICEF : Children Fund
08.01.00  -  Population Dynamics
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