Geographical access to care at birth in Ghana: a barrier to safe motherhood.

Abstract

Appropriate facility-based care at birth is a key determinant of safe motherhood but geographical access remains poor in many high burden regions. Despite its importance, geographical access is rarely audited systematically, preventing integration in national-level maternal health system assessment and planning. In this study, the authors develop a uniquely detailed set of spatially-linked data and a calibrated geospatial model to undertake a national-scale audit of geographical access to maternity care at birth in Ghana, a high-burden country typical of many in sub-Saharan Africa.

Citation

Gething, P.W.; Frempong-Ainguah, F.; Aboagye, P.; Johnson, F.; Atkinson, P.M.; Nyarko, P.; Matthews, Z.; Falkingham, J.; Baschieri, A. Geographical access to care at birth in Ghana: a barrier to safe motherhood. BMC Public Health (2012) 12 (1) 991. [DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-991]

Geographical access to care at birth in Ghana: a barrier to safe motherhood.

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