Assessing the Factors Contributing to the Health Improvement of Pregnant Women in Rural Philippines (Last of Three Parts)

Staff Memos 04/2012;


Even if they want to make use of public maternal health care services, pregnant women in the rural areas have a problem with transport and distance of health centers. It is clear that the government should strengthen public health provisions particularly in geographically isolated areas. Maternal healthcare is effective when the maternal mortality rate is decreasing. Thus, the study verifies how the following variables explain the maternal mortality rate: number of professional healthcare providers, government budget allocation for the provision of healthcare, number of women who finished primary education, number of public and private hospitals and the per capita regional gross domestic product. Panel data is used for the 16 regions of the Philippines for 2003 and 2008.

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