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Does religion make hindrance in access to healthcare? : a case of Muslim mother’s healthcare utilisation in India
Madhumita Bango, Dr Gyan Chandra Kashyap

Last modified: 2018-08-07


Background: Despite India’s noteworthy achievement in reducing MMR, still contributed a large proportion of maternal deaths to the world. In India, Muslim women are lagging behind in terms of empowerment and socio-economic status. This study focuses on maternal healthcare utilisation of muslim women- ‘antenatal care’, ‘institutional delivery’, and ‘professional assistance at home delivery’. Materials and methods: To assess the trends and identify the determinants, the study has utilised four rounds of NFHS data (1992-2016). Bivariate techniques, logistic regression and multinomial regression analysis have been used to fulfil the objective of the study. Results: The recent round of sample survey data shows they have been slightly moving forward (compared to NFHS-3) to institutional deliveries as compared to the women from other religion but at the same time ANC status among them is low (19% less likely than Hindu women). Healthcare utilization of Muslim mothers has increased with education and standard of living and they are more likely to use care services with media exposure and husband’s economic status. Conclusions: The utilisation of maternal healthcare is highly associated with socioeconomic factors which again affect the women status. The education, income and place of residence are the most important predictors of maternal healthcare utilisation.