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The Effect of Socio-demographic Factors on the Utilization of Maternal Health Care Services in Uganda
Authors: Ishmael Kalule-Sabiti, Acheampong Yaw Amoateng, and Mirriam Ngake
Source: African Population Studies, 28(1): 515-525; DOI:
Topic(s): Antenatal care
Health care utilization
Maternal health
Reproductive health
Country: Africa
Published: APR 2014
Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of demographic and socio-economic factors on the utilization of maternal health care services using the 2006 Uganda Demographic Health Survey. Three measures of maternal health care services are examined, namely visits to antenatal clinic, tetanus toxoid injection and place of delivery. Using binary logistic regression model, we found that urban women are more likely than their rural counterparts to use antenatal care services, receive tetanus toxoid injection and deliver their babies in public health facilities. The same positive association was observed between a woman’s educational attainment and visit to antenatal care clinic, place of delivery and tetanus toxoid injection. The policy implications of general socio-economic empowerment of women are discussed. Keywords Utilization; Maternal Health Care services; Clinic, Pregnancy; Antenatal