Household factors and utilization of maternal health services in Uganda
This study sought to examine the relationship between household factors and utilization of Maternal Health Services in Uganda. The study utilized the 2006 Uganda Demographic Health Survey data set, where household factors were identified and selected, and systematic analyses were carried out at univariate, bivariate and multivariate levels to determine the relationship between the household factors and utilization of MHS. The study reveals that household factors have a significant association with utilization of MHS. Women residing in households located in the rural areas were less likely to utilize MHS than those in the urban areas. Women in households without car/truck as means of transport were less likely to utilize MHS than those with car/truck, other means of transport were not significant factors. Women who resided in households where final say on own health care was made by both wife and husband or husband alone, were more likely to utilize MHS than wife alone. Women who lived in female-headed households were less likely to utilize MHS than in those headed by men. And women who resided in households with at least five members were more likely to utilize MHS than those in smaller households. An understanding of household concerns of women in regards to utilization of MHS is important to all stakeholders in the struggle to reduce maternal mortality in Uganda. Household actions should be triggered to empower and support women. Government policies should be enacted to protect women and ensure they easily access maternal health services.