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Changing the place of birth from home to health facilities in Kafa Zone, Ethiopia

Jackson, Ruth 2016, Changing the place of birth from home to health facilities in Kafa Zone, Ethiopia, Journal of development effectiveness, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1080/19439342.2016.1206952.

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Title Changing the place of birth from home to health facilities in Kafa Zone, Ethiopia
Author(s) Jackson, Ruth
Journal name Journal of development effectiveness
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016-07-16
ISSN 1943-9342
1943-9407
Keyword(s) maternal health
helath extension workers
referral systme
ambulances
Ethiopia
Summary Women in rural and semi-urban Kafa Zone, Ethiopia are being encouraged to give birth in health facilities rather than at home. Using an earlier 2007 study as a comparison point, this study explored the role of Health Extension Workers (HEWs) in referring women to health centres for birth. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 11 HEWs and 6 health workers in May and June 2014. The results show that women prefer birth attendants they know, including HEWs, and not to go to health centres or the hospital except for emergencies. The ambulance service linking rural communities with health facilities works better in some areas than others. To improve maternal health, HEWs need better support at the community level. Inefficiencies in the referral system should be addressed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/19439342.2016.1206952
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
160305 Population Trends and Policies
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Taylor & Francis
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