What is it about?
Use of traditional birth services (TBD) for child birth and maternal care has continued in many rural communities of sub-Saharan Africa. There have been several health interventions and similar efforts aimed at achieving a re-orientation in many rural communities. However, these efforts have not achieved desired results as use have continued even in communities with presence of maternal health care facilities, which this study refer to as TBS-inclined communities. The study therefore examined the Nigeria and Ghana situations and isolated the determinants of continued use of TBS in sampled communities.
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Why is it important?
A number of studies in the past only considered use of traditional birth attendants in communities and associated factors. This study took a step further to addressing a more specific context by examining determinants to use of traditional birth services in communities inclined to use them. Such communities are those in which use of TBS has continued in spite of presence of conventional maternal care facilities. The result of this study is important as it provides a lead as to variables associated with continued use of TBS in these communities for a better targeted effort by government and developmental organisations.
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This page is a summary of: Determinants of Use of Traditional Birth Services in Communities Inclined to Use Them in Nigeria and Ghana, Afrika Focus, June 2021, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/2031356x-34010006.
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