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Factors Affecting Women's Health-Related Behaviors and Safe Motherhood: A Qualitative Study From a Refugee Camp in Eastern Sudan

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We aim to provide a deeper understanding of a broader range of potential factors affecting risk behaviors related to safe motherhood among refugee women in Eastern Sudan, thus creating a basis for further research in behavioral change. Risk behaviors chosen for this study follow (1) practice of female genital cutting, (2) adopting family planning (FP) practices, (3) usage of a skilled birth attendant, and (4) response to obstetric complications. Analyzing findings with the PRECEDE-PROCEED model, we found that factors frequently were uncontrollable for an individual woman, suggesting the importance of a supportive political, social, and educational environment for safe motherhood.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Nursing, St. Mary's College, Fukuoka, Japan 2: Osaka Medical Center and Research Institute for Maternal and Child Health (WHO Collaborating Center for Maternal and Child Health), Osaka, Japan

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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