International Journal of Home Science
2019, VOL. 5 ISSUE 2, PART A
Caste differentials in utilization of maternal healthcare services in rural North Karnataka
Author(s): Jyoti S Hallad, Javeed A Golandaj, BI Pundappanavar, Arin Kar, Krishnamurthy J and BM Ramesh
Trend and differentials in the utilization of maternal health care services are analysed in rural North-Karnataka by making a comparison between SC, ST, OBC and Forward caste women. A cross-sectional survey conducted in two rounds during 2012 and 2015 which included 4836 women in rural areas of eight districts of North Karnataka formed the focus of analysis. Utilization of ANC services is satisfactory in terms of early and minimum ANC checkups but not satisfactory regarding receiving TT injections and IFA tablets. Utilization of maternal health services is comparatively better among women belonged to OBC category. Recent Health schemes have helped SC women and OBC women in better utilization of maternal health services than ST and forward caste women. Education of woman, better economic status of households and interaction with health workers promote utilization of services. Focus of future health schemes should be on ST women, and forward caste women especially from lower economic status and those who are deprived of formal education.
How to cite this article:
Jyoti S Hallad, Javeed A Golandaj, BI Pundappanavar, Arin Kar, Krishnamurthy J and BM Ramesh. Caste differentials in utilization of maternal healthcare services in rural North Karnataka. International Journal of Home Science. 2019; 5(2): 17-24.