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Determinants of community based maternal health care service utilization in South Omo pastoral areas of Ethiopia


Kebebe Ergano, Medhanit Getachew, Dawit Seyum, Kassahun Negash

This paper examines the impact of community based i ntegrated primary health care interventions on maternal health care service utilization in pastoral areas of Ethiopia. We examined empirically whether maternal health service utilization is influenced by individual’s age, education, family size, marital status, age at first marriage, religion, availabili ty of qualified medical personnel and the time requ ired to travel to the nearest health facility. Data was col lected on individual, household and village level predicators of the use of maternal health services using structured questionnaire. The data was analysed using logistic regression to examine the r ole of individual, household and community level predicators on the use of maternal health services. The use of antenatal care services, TT immunization , insecticide treated mosquito nets and family planni ng services have increased in the study districts. Implementation of health extension, outreach progra ms, aligning immunization with pastoral life style and the work habit have played a key role to the im proved maternal and child health service utilization in study districts. Results of econometric estimation suggest that more maternal education and an increase in attendance at birth by skilled personne l could contribute to increased maternal health service utilization.

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