Existence and functionality of emergency obstetric care services at district level in Kenya: theoretical coverage versus reality

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Elizabeth Echoka, Yeri Kombe, Dominique Dubourg, Anselimo Makokha, Bjørg Evjen-Olsen, Moses Mwangi, Jens Byskov, Øystein Evjen Olsen, Richard Mutisya

The knowledge on emergency obstetric care (EmOC) is limited in Kenya, where only partial data from sub-national studies exist. The EmOC process indicators have also not been integrated into routine health management information system to monitor progress in safe motherhood interventions both at national and lower levels of the health system. In a country with a high maternal mortality burden, the implication is that decision makers are unaware of the extent of need for life-saving care and, therefore, where to intervene. The objective of the study was to assess the actual existence and functionality of EmOC services at district level.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113
JournalB M C Health Services Research
Volume13
Number of pages9
ISSN1472-6963
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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