World Health & Population

World Health & Population August 2003 .doi:10.12927/whp.2003.17625

Are Socially and Economically Weaker Sections Deprived of Maternal Healthcare in Tamil Nadu, India?

M. Sivakami and P.M. Kulkarni


This paper examines whether women from economically, socially, and educationally weaker sections of the society receive adequate maternal health care. Though most women in Tamil Nadu receive antenatal care, many do not get institutional and professional care at delivery. Logit regression analysis shows that in both rural and urban areas only the economic factor, and not the social and educational factors, has a significant net effect on the ability to secure institutional delivery care.

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