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Table 4 Availability of funds and household adjustment mechanisms

From: Social and economic consequences of the cost of obstetric and neonatal care in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo: a mixed methods study

Characteristics Frequency = 411
n (%)
Money available at the time of delivery
 No 58 (14.1)
 Yes 353 (85.9)
Source of income if money available (n = 353)
 Help from friends and relatives 16 (4.5)
 Money transferred from outside by relatives 7 (1.9)
 Loan 19 (5.4)
 Saving 270 (76.5)
 Sale of assets 41 (11.6)
Reason for lack of funds if money not available (n = 58)
 Spouse on a trip 4 (6.9)
 Unemployed wife or spouse 8 (13.8)
 Insufficient financial income 43 (74.1)
 Type of care not planned 3 (5.2)
Detention of woman for lack of money
 Yes 9 (2.2)
 No 402 (97.8)
Reduction of basic needs to pay for care
 No 340 (82.7)
 Yes 71 (17.3)
Types of reduced needs (if yes)
 Children’s education 13 (18.3)
 Rent 7 (9.9)
 Food 47 (66.2)
 Other requirements 4 (5.6)