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A Community Survey on Maternal and Child Health Services Utilization in Rural Ethiopia

E. Materia, W. Mehari, A. Mele, F. Rosmini, M. A. Stazi, H. M. Damen, G. Basile, G. Miuccio, L. Ferrigno, A. Miozzo and P. Pasquini
European Journal of Epidemiology
Vol. 9, No. 5 (Sep., 1993), pp. 511-516
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3520948
Page Count: 6
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A Community Survey on Maternal and Child Health Services Utilization in Rural Ethiopia
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Abstract

A household health interview survey on MCH services utilization was carried out in 22 villages of a rural district of Arsi region, Ethiopia, before the lunching of an integrated MCH programme. Coverage of antenatal services was 26%, and 61% of the women who received antenatal care reported having had 3 or more visits. Antenatal care was positively associated with living within 10 km of the Health Centre. Twenty-eight percent of the mothers attended the under-5 clinic and most returned for 3 or more visits. In addition, 99% reported having breast-fed their last child but more than 25% started weaning only after the seventh month of age. Differences in practice of treating diarrhoea according to knowledge of ORS were found. Of the 33% of those with knowledge of ORS, almost 90% reported use of ORS for treating child's dirrhoea, showing a positive attitude towards modern health care. The proportion of women using family planning was 5%, with no difference found between Christians and Muslims. Results on EPI coverage validated data from routine reporting. Integration of MCH services including out-reach activities may increase access and coverage of MCH services.

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