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Maternal health care seeking behaviour in Rwanda

Anuja Jayaraman, Independent Consultant
Tesfayi Gebreselassie, Macro International Inc.
S. Chandrasekhar, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research

We model the proximate determinants of maternal health care seeking behavior (place of delivery). We find that visits for ante natal care is a key determinant of whether the woman seeks either institutional care or professional assistance at home as compared to delivering at home without any help. Women from richer households are less likely to deliver a child at home without any professional help. In order to understand the changes in Rwanda since the beginning of nineties, we pool three rounds of DHS data. The survey year dummies (2000, 2005) are statistically significant indicating that children born after 1995 were more likely to be born at home without professional assistance. This suggests a worsening of access to professional help at child birth.

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Presented in Poster Session 4