Geographic influences on sexual and reproductive health service utilization in rural Mozambique

Jing Yao*, Alan T. Murray, Victor Agadjanian, Sarah R. Hayford

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    Abstract

    The HIV/AIDS epidemic remains a major public health issue across the globe, and it is of particular concern in sub-Saharan Africa. Utilization of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services can significantly impact HIV prevention, transmission, and treatment. SRH service utilization may be determined by individual characteristics, such as education and economic status, but also by the location and accessibility of health care facilities. Using population-based survey data, this study applies exploratory spatial analysis techniques to examine spatial patterns of SRH service utilization among rural married women in southern Mozambique. Clustering among those using services is found as are spatial associations, indicating significant spatial variability in the utilization of health services. The findings provide valuable insights for current and future health care program planning and configuration. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)601-607
    Number of pages7
    JournalApplied Geography
    Volume32
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

    Keywords

    • Family planning
    • QUALITY
    • SURVIVAL
    • CARE
    • HIV testing
    • ENGLAND
    • ACCESS
    • CONTRACEPTIVE CHOICE
    • ACCESSIBILITY
    • Spatial analysis
    • FERTILITY
    • Health care utilization
    • MIGRATION
    • SOCIAL NETWORKS
    • GIS

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