Postnatal Care in Nigeria: Does it Really Matter Where Women Live?

2018 Caldwell Fellow Seminar
Postnatal Care in Nigeria: Does it Really Matter
Where Women Live?

Speaker: Dr Dorothy Ononokpono, University of Uyo, Nigeria

Date: Thursday 20 September 2018, 12.30-1.30pm

Venue: Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre, Building 62a
Research School of Population Health, 62 Mills Road, ANU

Enquiries to Ellie Paige and
Rachael Rodney Harris via

Dr Dorothy Ononokpono has a doctorate degree in
Demography and Population Studies
from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,
South Africa, and currently lectures in the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology, University of Uyo, Nigeria.

Dorothy is Caldwell Visiting Fellow and her research
interests span Reproductive Health, Gender Based
Violence,  Forced Migration, and Spatial Demography.

‘Although postnatal care is one of the major interventions recommended for the reduction
of maternal and newborn deaths worldwide, most women in Nigeria do not receive
postnatal care. Attempts to explain this situation have focused on individual-level
attributes, and the role of community characteristics has received less attention. This paper
utilized 2008 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey data to examine the influence and
moderating effects of community factors on the receipt of postnatal care. Multilevel logistic
regression analysis was performed on a sample of 17,846 women of reproductive age
nested within 886 communities. Findings indicate that women’s likelihood of receiving
postnatal care in Nigeria is a function of where they reside. There is need for region specific
policy and reforms that ensure appropriate distribution of need-based resources.’


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