Social-economic and cultural factors influencing maternal mortality in Tanzania: a case study of Mbeya region

dc.contributor.authorNyamhanga, Tumaini
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-23T12:31:17Z
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-07T16:22:33Z
dc.date.available2019-09-23T12:31:17Z
dc.date.available2020-01-07T16:22:33Z
dc.date.issued1997
dc.descriptionAvailable in print formen_US
dc.description.abstractThe main concern of this study was to explore socioeconomic and cultural factors associated with maternal mortality in Mbeya Region. Four hypotheses guided this study. Through them the study sought to establish empirically the influence of household income, government expenditure, family planning practices, and utilization of maternity services on maternal mortality. To accomplish this task, a descriptive and comparative (case/control) design was employed. A sample of convenience was used. Data was collected through interviews and focus group discussions - involving relatives of the deceased, mothers who delivered safely, traditional birth attendants, religious leaders, and heads of health institutions. The results obtained confirmed our hypotheses. That is, it has been demonstrated that most of the deceased belonged to the low income households as compared to women who survived. Further that, the decrease of government expenditure, coupled with a decline in income, contributed significantly to the increase of maternal deaths. Moreover, the study illustrated that failure to practice family planning and non-utilization of maternity services predisposes women to the otherwise unnecessary deaths. The study identified men's negativism, backed by socio-cultural traditions, as being a stumbling block in family planning practice. On the other hand, ignorance, unfriendly attitudes of the staff towards their clients, and witchcraft beliefs - among others, has been implicated in women's failure to utilize maternity services effectively. Ultimately the study concludes that maternal mortality is not just a medical problem, it is much broader. Recommendations for improvement of the situation and for further research are also provided.en_US
dc.identifier.citationNyamhanga, T. (1997) Social-economic and cultural factors influencing maternal mortality in Tanzania: a case study of Mbeya region, Masters’ dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available at (http://41.86.178.3/internetserver3.1.2/detail.aspx)en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://localhost:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/3263
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Dar es Salaamen_US
dc.subjectMothersen_US
dc.subjectTanzania (Mbeya region)en_US
dc.subjectMbeya regionen_US
dc.subjectMortalityen_US
dc.subjectBirth controlen_US
dc.subjectEconomicsen_US
dc.subjectSociologicl aspectsen_US
dc.titleSocial-economic and cultural factors influencing maternal mortality in Tanzania: a case study of Mbeya regionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
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