Major Problems and Key Issues in Maternal Health in Nepal.

Simkhada, B., van Teijlingen, E., Porter, M. and Simkhada, P., 2006. Major Problems and Key Issues in Maternal Health in Nepal. Kathmandu University Medical Journal, 4 (2 (Iss), pp. 258-263.

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Abstract

This paper highlights some of the challenges facing maternal health in Nepal and to suggest possible solutions for improvements. Key literature from across the globe is reviewed and discussed in a Nepalese context. Maternal mortality remains one of the biggest public health problems in Nepal. Lack of access to basic maternal healthcare, difficult geographical terrain, poorly developed transportation and communication systems, poverty, illiteracy, women's low status in the society, political conflict, shortage of health care professional and under utilization of currently available services are major challenges to improving maternal health in Nepal. In order to effect real improvements in maternal health, attention needs to be focused both on biomedical and social interventions. Improving health facilities, mother’s nutrition, women’s position in the society such as freedom of movement, providing education to female children, integrating Traditional Birth Attendants into local health services can play a vital role in the improvement of mothers’ health.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1812-2027
Subjects:Social Sciences > Sociology
Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:10148
Deposited By:Prof Edwin van Teijlingen
Deposited On:05 Jul 2009 20:54
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:09

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