Trends and antecedents of inequalities in maternal healthcare coverage in four African countries

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Using data between 2003 and 2016, this paper assesses the degree and evolution of socio-economic inequalities in maternal health outcomes in four African countries. The study measures the trends of socio-economic inequalities in maternal healthcare and assesses the sources of socio-economic inequalities in maternal health through a decomposition approach. We find cross-country differences in the evolution of maternal healthcare inequalities. Rwanda and Uganda witnessed a decline in pro-rich inequalities, whereas changes in Ethiopia and Kenya have been mixed. Further, the study finds significant contributions of personal characteristics of the woman to inequalities in maternal healthcare access.


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  • University of Ghana
Research areas and keywords

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  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology


  • Ethiopia, Kenya, maternal health, Rwanda, socio-economic inequalities, Uganda
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of International Development
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021 Feb 18
Publication categoryResearch