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Exploring Factors That Influence the Uptake of Maternal Health Care Services by Women in Zimbabwe

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Abstract: The study investigated factors that influence theuptake of maternal healthcare services by women in Zimbabwe, using a logit model.Data from the Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS, 2015) was used. Deterioratingmaternal health indicators motivated the study. The effect of socio-economic anddemographic factors on the probability of utilising maternal healthcare services was examined. Descriptive statistics and a logit modelwere used for data analysis. Results from the logit model show that region of residence,insurance cover, educational level, employment status, maternal age, birth order,place of residence, number of living children, maternal age and household incomeall influence the utilisation of maternal healthcare services by women in Zimbabwe.Basing on research findings, the study recommends that relevant authorities makemore available vocational training centres and education institutions since education was found to influence the uptake of maternal healthcareservices. There is need to encourage family planning so as to reduce the numberof children, especially among the apostolic sect, which affects the uptake of maternalhealthcare. Compulsory national health insurance schemes could be adopted to mitigatethe effect of low income that discourages the use of institutional facilities for delivery.The issue of balanced regional development needs to be pursued through accelerating devolutionto ensure equal access to maternal healthcare facilities in all provinces.

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