What is it about?

This study assesses the rural-urban differences in the prevalence and factors associated with non-utilization of health facility for childbirth (home delivery) in Nigeria.

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Why is it important?

The number and rates of maternal and neonatal mortalities are considerably high in Nigeria. Health facility-based childbirth is one way of reducing these mortalities. However, with 63% of mothers giving birth to their babies at home, health facility delivery is poorly utilized in the country. While a few studies have examined factors associated with health facility delivery in Nigeria, the within-population variations like the rural-urban differences have not been investigated. The present study aimed at bridging this knowledge gap using a nationally representative dataset.


This study provides evidence-informed knowledge for addressing the challenge of poor/low utilization of health facility for child delivery in rural and urban Nigeria.

Emmanuel O Adewuyi
Queensland University of Technology

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This page is a summary of: Prevalence and factors associated with non-utilization of healthcare facility for childbirth in rural and urban Nigeria: Analysis of a national population-based survey, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, June 2017, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1403494817705562.
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