The yearly financing need of providing paid maternity leave in the informal sector in Indonesia

April 13, 2021

Study results reveal that yearly financing needs to provide maternity cash transfers (MCT) for women of reproductive age (WRA) in the informal sector would not exceed .5% of Indonesian GDP and could provide significant public health savings and partially alleviate the economic cost of not breastfeeding in Indonesia, which is estimated at US$1.5-9.4 billion annually. The MCT would substantially contribute to breastfeeding success for Indonesia’s WRA, over half of which are employed in the informal sector.