Spatial Patterns of Maternal Health Service Utilization and Determinant Factors in Ethiopia

Name: Teketo Kassaw Tegegne

Supervisors: Dr Catherine Chojenta, Prof Deborah Loxton, Laureate Prof Roger Smith


This project focuses on the spatial analysis of maternal health service use in Ethiopia and its associated factors, investigates the two most important applications of GIS in Health Informatics, namely healthcare access and community health profiling. The study investigates whether women in Ethiopia have access to health facilities providing family planning, antenatal and delivery care and caesarean delivery. In addition to this, it will measure how each of the accessible health facilities are ready to provide the available maternal health services and identify the potential factors associated with service uptake. Moreover, this study will provide important information for program managers and decision makers on health facilities and services, and the communities that need special attention. Mapping of the combined findings of service utilization and health facility distribution is critical for a better understanding of a particular situation, planning programs and services, advocacy, and creating awareness of a particular phenomenon.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.