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April 6, 2017
An exploration of the socio-economic profile of women and costs of receiving abortion services at public health facilities of Madhya Pradesh, India

Background: Maternal mortality, which primarily burdens developing countries, reflects the greatest health divide between rich and poor. This is especially pronounced for access to safe abortion services which alone avert 1 of every 10 maternal deaths in India. Primarily due to confidentiality concerns, poor women in India prefer private services which are often offered by untrained providers and may be expensive. In 2006 the state government of Madhya Pradesh (population 73 million) began a concerted effort to ensure access to safe abortion services at public health facilities to both rural and urban poor women. This study aims to understand the socio-economic profile of women seeking abortion services in public health facilities across this state and out of pocket cost accessing abortion services. In particular, we examine the level of access that poor women have to safe abortion services in Madhya Pradesh.


Year: 2017
Authors: Sushanta K. Banerjee, Rakesh Kumar, Janardan Warvadekar, Vinoj Manning, Kathryn L. Andersen
Origin: India
Language: English
Region: Asia
Country: India
Topic: Abortion
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An exploration of the socio-economic profile of women and costs of receiving abortion services at public health facilities of Madhya Pradesh, India
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