Factors influencing antenatal care among women in Uganda
Nakabaale, Nicholas David
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This study aimed at understanding the factors influencing the utilization of ANC services among women aged 15-49 in Uganda. We used the 2016 UDHS female data set for women aged 15-49 years. We focused and analyzed findings on 10,152 women to whom a woman’s questionnaire was administered and responded to the question “Did you see anyone for ANC?” The age of the respondent, wealth status, residence, parity, maternal education, partner/husband's education, place of delivery and listening to the radio significantly predicted ANC utilization at bivariate analysis. However, there was no significant relationship between the regions of residence, marital status, decision making and religion were not significantly associated with ANC utilization. Multivariate analysis results showed that being married or living together with a partner, delivering from a public/government/health Centre, listening to the radio, residing in an urban area and being aged 25-34 significantly predicted ANC utilization better. Intervention to improve ANC seeking behavior of mothers should include sensitization of males enabling them to understand the benefits of their wives and/ or partners attending ANC services, upgrading of a health center 11 to health center 111 and extending the already existing health center 11 closers to the people thus making them accessible to the people in a rural area, Target groups include; cohabiting women, sole health decision-makers, women below 25 and above 35 years of age, less educated, higher parity women and those whose husband are less educated.