Maternal Health: Why do women not get the care they need?

  • Poor women in remote areas are the least likely to receive adequate health care. This is especially true for regions with low numbers of skilled health workers, such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • The main factors that prevent women from receiving or seeking care during pregnancy and childbirth are:
  1. poverty
  2. distance to facilities
  3. lack of information
  4. inadequate and poor quality services
  5. cultural beliefs and practices.


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