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Research Journal of Medical Sciences
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 163 - 169

Levels and Differentials of Maternal Health Care Utilization in Bangladesh

K.M. Mustafizur Rahman and Prosannajid Sarkar    

Abstract: Maternal health situation appears to be very poor in Bangladesh. Utilization of basic health services in Bangladesh has remained poor even though, there has been increasing public and private expenditure on the provision of advanced health care. The low utilization seems to be due to low levels of household income, high illiteracy and ignorance and a host of traditional factors. On the other hand, despite substantial public investments in health infrastructure the supply of such services continues to be inadequate and of poor quality. Over the last several decades maternal health care in Bangladesh has improved, but that condition is not satisfactory stage considerably compared to many other developing nations. However, for cultural and economic reasons, puerperal maternal health care has not received much attention when compared to the care provided during pregnancy. This may be attributed to the fact that although, the pregnant female is cared for, the attention is focused on the child, which the mother carries, rather than the mother. Although, the overall situations of maternal health care services in Bangladesh are increased after independent, but these are not better picture to reduce maternal mortality to reach the target of millennium development goal.

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