A Comparative Analysis of the Determinants of Seeking Prenatal Health Care in Urban and Rural Areas of Togo

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Johnson, Ablamba
Issifou, Alima
Homevoh, Etsri
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A country may have invested significantly in essential health facilities in order to supply goods and services related to reproductive health, but still see the demand for prenatal health care influenced by equally important economic and social factors. The aim of the present study was to identify the economic and social factors that would determine the probability of a pregnant woman choosing one type of prenatal health care over another and to specifically measure the effects of the variables of living standards on seeking this care. The study used a multinomial logit model to analyze data collected during the 2006 Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS-3) survey. From the main results, the following observations could be made: (i) pregnant women without formal education went for prenatal consultations less frequently than those with formal education; (ii) the higher the wealth index was for the household in which the pregnant woman lived, the more likely that she would seek prenatal care from trained medical staff; (iii) the pregnant woman’s level of formal education, her age, the size of the household she lived in, the household’s wealth index, the number of children below five years living in the household, the cost of prenatal consultations at public health facilities, and the quality of care these offered, were all found to have a statistically significant effect on the pregnant woman’s choice to seek prenatal care from a modern health facility or not.
RG 966 .T6 J64 2013
Prenatal Care - Social aspects - Togo , Prenatal Care - Economics aspect - Togo , Prenatal Care - Economic aspects