The inequality of maternal health in urban sub-Saharan Africa

Magadi, Monica, Zulu, Eliya and Brockerhoff, Martin (2003) The inequality of maternal health in urban sub-Saharan Africa. Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 40pp. (S3RI Applications and Policy Working Papers, A03/01).


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Numerous studies document the urban poor disadvantage in child health conditions in African cities. This study uses DHS data from 23 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to examine whether the urban poor experience comparable disadvantages in maternal health. The results show that although the urban poor on average receive better antenatal and delivery care than rural residents, they consistently have poorer maternal health indicators than the urban non-poor. Further analyses based on a multilevel approach reveal significant variations in urban maternal health inequalities across countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The urban poor disadvantage is more pronounced in countries with better average maternal health indicators, where the urban poor tend to be even worse off than rural residents.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
ePrint ID: 8136
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2003Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 13:29

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