Date of Award

12-1-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Arts and Sciences

M.I.A.D.

International Affairs and Development

First Advisor

Dr. Art Hansen

Second Advisor

Dr. Kwaku Danso

Third Advisor

Dr. Patricia Rodney

Abstract

This study uses Millennium Development Goal Indicator 17 along with a set of country-level maternal health process indicators to assess Ghana's current situation in the availability, utilization, and quality of care for women with obstetric complications. This study draws on primary quantitative data, collected through document review to calculate seven key maternal health process indicators. The researcher found that the country meets the acceptable levels for four of the country-level indicators, but falls short on the other three. The conclusion drawn from these findings indicate that Ghana is currently implementing sound evidence based strategies in its efforts to reduce maternal mortality. This study reveals that low utilization of critical services by women with obstetric complications remains a problem in Ghana. The indicators show that availability of EOC services and quality of care for these women are at or above international standards.

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