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Reducing maternal and child mortality in rural Ghana
Pan African Medical Journal (2021)
  • Joseph Adu, Western University
The lack of health infrastructure in developing countries to provide women with modern obstetric care and universal access to maternal and child health services has largely contributed to the existing high maternal and infant deaths. Access to basic obstetric care for pregnant women and their unborn babies is a key to reducing maternal and infants´ deaths, especially at the community-level. This calls for the strengthening of primary health care systems in all developing countries, including Ghana. Financial access and utilization of maternal and child health care services need action at the community-level across rural Ghana to avoid preventable deaths. Financial access and usage of maternal and child health services in rural Ghana is poor. Lack of financial access is a strong barrier to the use of maternal and child health services, particularly in rural Ghana. The sustainability of the national health insurance scheme is vital in ensuring full access to care in remote communities.
  • maternal mortality ratio (MMR); infants’ mortality; rural Ghana; community-based health planning and services
Publication Date
Summer August 24, 2021
[doi: 10.11604/pamj.2021.39.263.30593]
Citation Information
Joseph Adu. "Reducing maternal and child mortality in rural Ghana" Pan African Medical Journal Vol. 39 Iss. 263 (2021)
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