What are the factors associated with high maternal mortalities in Somalia?: Critical Interpretive Synthesis
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Maternal mortality is the cause of death for hundreds of thousands of women across the globe, particularly in developing countries. There is substantial differences in the number of mortalities between counties but also within the same country. Most of the maternal mortalities are preventable with the proper treatment. Quality maternal health should be accessible to all mothers regardless of where they live. Somalia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world and this thesis is exploring reasons why mothers in Somalia are not getting the care they have a right to.
Objective of this study was to review the literature to explore the main direct and indirect causes of maternal mortality in Somalia. A second aim was to discuss solutions to reduce the high number of maternal mortalities identified in the literature review.
Methods: An extensive literature review was conducted using main databases to find relevant articles for the review. Databases used were Pubmed, Scoupus, Web of Science and Google Scholar. Critical interpretive analysis was used as a study design.
Result:The results indicated the importance of education, family planning and the use of contraception.Educating Somali population, women as well as men on sexual and reproductive health could help to reduce the high maternal mortality in the country. In addition to that, reinforcing the health system would help to provide quality maternal health services to the mothers.
Conclusion: Availability of quality maternal health services is needed to reduce the high maternal mortality rates. Further research on the topic is highly recommended due to limited scientific articles available on the topic.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 27 p.
Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341x ; 2016:39
maternal health, maternal mortality, Somalia, Somaliland, reproductive health, Critical interpretive synthesis
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131696OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-131696DiVA: diva2:1075331
Master's Programme in Public Health
2016-05-23, Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 10:24 (English)
Dahblom, Kjerstin, Researcher
San Sebastian, Miguel, Professor