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European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 511–516 | Cite as

A community survey on maternal and child health services utilization in rural Ethiopia

  • E. Materia
  • W. Mehari
  • A. Mele
  • F. Rosmini
  • M. A. Stazi
  • H. M. Damen
  • G. Basile
  • G. Miuccio
  • L. Ferrigno
  • A. Miozzo
  • P. Pasquini
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Abstract

A household health interview survey on MCH services utilization was carried out in 22 villages of a rural district of Arsi region, Ethiopia, before the launching of an integrated MCH programme. Coverage of antenatal services was 26%, and 61% of the women who received antenatal care reported having had 3 or more visits.

Antenatal care was positively associated with living within 10 km of the Health Centre. Twenty-eight percent of the mothers attended the under-5 clinic and most returned for 3 or more visits. In addition, 99% reported having breast-fed their last child but more than 25% started weaning only after the seventh month of age. Differences in practice of treating diarrhoea according to knowledge of ORS were found. Of the 33% of those with knowledge of ORS, almost 90% reported use of ORS for treating child's dirrhoea, showing a positive attitude towards modern health care. The proportion of women using family planning was 5%, with no difference found between Christians and Muslims. Results on EPI coverage validated data from routine reporting. Integration of MCH services including out-reach activities may increase access and coverage of MCH services.

Key words

Maternal and child health services Ethiopia Community survey 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Materia
    • 1
  • W. Mehari
    • 2
  • A. Mele
    • 2
  • F. Rosmini
    • 1
  • M. A. Stazi
    • 1
  • H. M. Damen
    • 3
  • G. Basile
    • 4
  • G. Miuccio
    • 1
  • L. Ferrigno
    • 1
  • A. Miozzo
  • P. Pasquini
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorio di Epidemiologia e BiostatisticaIstituto Superiore di SanitàRomeItaly
  2. 2.Statistical DivisionPlanning Bureau - Ministry of HealthAddis AbabaEthiopia
  3. 3.Arsi Regional Health DepartmentEthiopia
  4. 4.Istituto per la Cooperazione UniversitariaRomeItaly

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