Ms Shahinoor Akter
Shahinoor is a PhD candidate at School of Medicine and Public Health. Her PhD topic to examining maternal health care services accessibility among Indigenous women in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. Prior to starting PhD, Shahinoor worked as a social researcher at an international health research organization in Bangladesh from 2008 to 2015.
Shahinoor's research area of interest includes maternal and child health and Indigenous health issues. As a young professional, her future endeavor involves contributing to minimise the discrimination in health rights of underprivileged groups including Indigenous people and ensure safe motherhood for every woman regardless of class and ethnicity.
- Health care service
- Health system
- Indigenous women health
- Women's Health
Fields of Research
|111717||Primary Health Care||50|
|111799||Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified||30|
UNIPRS and UNRSC50:50 Scholarship
University of Newcastle
Australia Awards Scholarship
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia
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Journal article (4 outputs)
Akter S, Davies K, Rich JL, Inder KJ, 'Indigenous women¿s access to maternal healthcare services in lower- and middle-income countries: a systematic integrative review', International Journal of Public Health, 64 343-353 (2019)
© 2018, Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+). Objectives: Globally, Indigenous people have lower-health status compared to non-Indigenous people due to unequal access to health c... [more]
© 2018, Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+). Objectives: Globally, Indigenous people have lower-health status compared to non-Indigenous people due to unequal access to health care. Barriers or enablers to accessing maternal health services by Indigenous women are not well researched. This review aims to determine accessibility and utilisation of maternal primary healthcare services among Indigenous women in lower- and middle-income countries. Methods: We conducted a systematic integrative review of published and grey literature published between 2000 and 2017. Studies on maternal healthcare service utilisation by Indigenous women in lower- and middle-income countries were included. From 3092 articles identified, 10 met the eligibility criteria. Results: The most prominent barrier to accessing maternal primary healthcare services was the top-down nature of intervention programmes, which made programmes culturally unfriendly for Indigenous women. Distance, cost, transport, accommodation, language barriers and lack of knowledge about existing services also impacted access. Conclusions: Findings provided insights into understanding the gaps in existing policies for Indigenous women and their access to maternal health services. Results suggested that efforts be made to ensure appropriate programmes for Indigenous women¿s maternal health right.
Waldman L, Ahmed T, Scott N, Akter S, Standing H, Rasheed S, ''We have the internet in our hands': Bangladeshi college students' use of ICTs for health information', GLOBALIZATION AND HEALTH, 14 (2018) [C1]
Hussain F, Clasen T, Akter S, Bawel V, Luby SP, Leontsini E, et al., 'Advantages and limitations for users of double pit pour-flush latrines: a qualitative study in rural Bangladesh', BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 17 (2017)
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