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Women’s perspectives on quality of maternal health care services in Malawi

Authors Machira K, Palamuleni M

Received 20 June 2017

Accepted for publication 12 October 2017

Published 9 January 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 25—34

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJWH.S144426

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Colin Mak

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Elie Al-Chaer


Kennedy Machira,1,2 Martin Palamuleni2

1Department of Agriculture Economics, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lilongwe, Malawi; 2Population and Research Unit, North West University, Mmabatho, Republic of South Africa

Abstract: Despite promotion by many stakeholders to improve maternal health outcome in many developing countries including Malawi, many analysts agree that the utmost success in maternal health will arise if maternal health care services are an unparallel led source for women’s health care solutions for any problem related to childbirth. Health advocates worldwide claim that even though maternal services are provided, women’s utilization of such services has not been ascertained. The objective of this study was to explore women’s perspectives on the quality of health care service delivery in Malawi. This article therefore investigates women’s perspectives on the quality of maternal health care services in Malawi. We used six focus group discussions in six health facilities that were selected across Malawi. We found that erratic availability of medical resources and unethical practices among health workers adversely affected quality of maternal health care service delivery. We concluded that the expensive routine operational audits of medical resources and service delivery across health facilities are imperative if women’s health outcomes are to be enhanced in Malawi.

Keywords: public health, health care, quality of care, access, Malawi, women’s health

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