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Barriers to accessing maternal care in low income countries in Africa: a systematic review

Dahab, Rana and Sakellariou, Dikaios 2020. Barriers to accessing maternal care in low income countries in Africa: a systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17 (12) , 4292. 10.3390/ijerph17124292

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The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to 2030 aim to reduce maternal mortality and provide equitable access to maternal healthcare. Compromised access to maternal health facilities in low-income countries, and specifically in Africa, contribute to the increased prevalence of maternal mortality. We conducted a systematic review to investigate access barriers to maternal health in low-income countries in Africa since 2015, from the perspective of both community members and health providers. The findings show that the most important barriers to maternal health are transportation barriers to health facilities, economic factors, and cultural beliefs, in addition to lack of family support and poor quality of care. Further research is required to guide policymakers towards firm multi-sectoral action to ensure appropriate and equitable access to maternal health in line with the SDGs to 2030.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 1661-7827
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 12 June 2020
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 16:30

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