Maternal mortality and maternal health service utilization in Eastern Ethiopia.

Name: Gezahegn Tesfaye Girma

Supervisors: Professor Deborah Loxton, Dr. Catherine Chojenta, Laureate Professor Roger Smith

 

This research project focuses on maternal mortality and maternal health service utilization in a largely rural district in Eastern Ethiopia. Using both secondary and primary data the project aimed to understand the burden of maternal mortality and the patterns of maternal health service utilization among reproductive-aged women in the study community. To understand the magnitude of maternal mortality, secondary data analysis was implemented while to investigate the drivers or deterrents of maternal health service utilization a combination of quantitative and qualitative research techniques were used. The overall project is intended to provide groundbreaking information and highlight priority intervention areas to improve the uptake of maternal health service utilization which subsequently contributes to a reduction in maternal mortality in the country.