Inequalities in maternal health care utilization in rural Bangladesh
The article examines the inequalities in utilization of maternal health care in rural areas of Bangladesh. It also attempts to identify the expenditure pattern for these services. Findings suggest that large disparities in the maternal health care utilization exist between the poorest and the richest population in Bangladesh. Two in three women in the highest wealth group receive antenatal care from qualified doctors as opposed to one in five women in the lowest wealth group. Almost all the deliveries occur at home among the lowest wealth group, whereas 16% of deliveries occur at health facilities among the highest wealth group. Wealth is also associated with the seeking of care for delivery-related complications. The practice of seeking services
Anwar, Md. Mahabub Ul, Ubaidur Rob, and Md. Noorunnabi Talukder. 2006. “Inequalities in maternal health care utilization in rural Bangladesh,” International Quarterly of Community Health Education 27(4): 281–297.