A new use for an old tool: maternity waiting homes to improve equity in rural childbirth care. Results from a cross-sectional hospital and community survey in Tanzania

by Piera Fogliati, Manuela Straneo, Sabina Mangi et al.
Health Policy and Planning, Vol. 32, Issue 10, 1 December 2017, pp. 1354–1360

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The authors aimed to determine whether Maternity Waiting Homes (MWHs) may be a tool to improve access of lower socio-economic women to such facilities. Secondary analysis of a cross-sectional hospital survey from Iringa District, Tanzania was carried out. In adjusted analysis, poorer women were more likely to access the MWH before hospital delivery compared with the wealthiest quintile. Policy makers should consider MWH as a tool to mitigate inequity in rural childbirth care.

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