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Women Household Decision Making Power and Maternal Mortality

Version 1 : Received: 3 October 2019 / Approved: 4 October 2019 / Online: 4 October 2019 (10:39:02 CEST)

How to cite: Yakubu, Y.; Mohamed Nor, N.; Siong Hook, L.; Said, R. Women Household Decision Making Power and Maternal Mortality. Preprints 2019, 2019100046 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201910.0046.v1). Yakubu, Y.; Mohamed Nor, N.; Siong Hook, L.; Said, R. Women Household Decision Making Power and Maternal Mortality. Preprints 2019, 2019100046 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201910.0046.v1).

Abstract

High maternal mortality in the developing countries, particularly in Nigeria, poses serious challenge to achieving the maternal mortality target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the countries. Hence, there is need for multifaceted approach to curtailing the scourge. Women being the victims of maternal mortality, this study finds the effect of their household decision making power in reducing maternal mortality. The study used data from the 2013 Nigeria Health and Demographic Survey (NDHS) and logistic regression model to explore the relationship between women household decision making power and maternal mortality in Nigeria. The finding shows that women who decide and participate in household decision on own health, major purchases and visit to family and relatives were 35% (OR = 0.65, 95% CI: 0.52, 0.83), 27% (OR = 0.73, 95% CI: 0.57, 0.92), and 37% (OR = 0.63, 95% CI: 0.50, 0.80) less likely to experience maternal mortality, respectively, compared to those whose husbands alone decide. Women household decision making power is therefore instrumental to reducing maternal mortality. It is thus important for policy makers, particularly in Nigeria, to pay more attention to social and cultural factors that surround women household decision making ability for speedy reduction in maternal deaths.

Subject Areas

women household decision making; maternal mortality; sustainable development goals; developing countries; Nigeria

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