Journal of Womens Health, Issues and Care ISSN: 2325-9795

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Research Article, J Womens Health Issues Care Vol: 3 Issue: 6

Addressing Socio-cultural Barriers to Maternal Healthcare in Ghana: Perspectives of Women and Healthcare Providers

John Kuumuori Ganle*
The Ethox Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, UK
Corresponding author : John Kuumuori Ganle
D.Phil, The Ethox Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Rosemary Rue Building, Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LF, UK
Tel: +233(0) 249957505
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: August 18, 2014 Accepted: October 22, 2014 Published: October 27, 2014
Citation: Ganle JK (2014) Addressing Socio-cultural Barriers to Maternal Healthcare in Ghana: Perspectives of Women and Healthcare Providers. J Womens Health, Issues Care 3:6. doi:10.4172/2325-9795.1000171

Abstract

Addressing Socio-cultural Barriers to Maternal Healthcare in Ghana: Perspectives of Women and Healthcare Providers

One of the main challenges to achieving the maternal health-related Millennium Development Goals in sub-Saharan African countries is poor access to skilled maternal healthcare services. In Ghana, maternal mortality accounts for 14% of all female deaths, and only 55% of births are attended by skilled birth attendants. Many previous studies that examine norms of childbirth and care-seeking behaviours have therefore focused on identifying the norms of non-use of services rather than factors that can promote service use.

Keywords: Maternal healthcare; Access; Socio-cultural barriers; Solutions to socio-cultural barriers; Ghana

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