What is it about?

This article builds on women’s reproductive health literature by exploring cultural barriers on women’s reproductive decision-making and healthcare access in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. We use Aguirre and Bolton’s (2014) approach of qualitative interpretive meta-synthesis (QIMS) by reviewing the qualitative studies on lived experience of women’s reproductive health. We found that experience with domestic violence, preference of male child, and lack of financial independence were some of the crucial obstacles that women face to enjoy reproductive rights.

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Why is it important?

Findings of the study pointed to the need for targeted sexual and reproductive health educational policies and training for all in order to reduce gender based health disparities.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has co-author Dr. Cecilia Mengo with whom I have had long standing collaborations. This article also leads to a greater involvement in women's reproductive health research.

Shamsun Nahar

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This page is a summary of: Cultural roadblocks on women’s reproductive health rights: a qualitative interpretive meta-synthesis from South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, Health Care For Women International, May 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2019.1602775.
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