Impact of Illiteracy on Maternal Mortality

Maternal death, Infant mortality, Childbirth

Impact of illiteracy on maternal mortality

This dissertation is based on studying the impact of illiteracy in accessing of maternal health care which leads to maternal mortality In this regard it is necessary first to develop clear perception about the concepts related with the issue. Keeping in view this need, this section consists of review of the literature that is focused on the relations between illiteracy and maternal health care. The section further unfolds the impacts of illiteracy on health care in general and then discusses the trends in maternal mortality figures, the perceived causes of these trends and current rates of illiteracy so that with the help of the review of related research works, a picture can be portrayed where all the players could be identified and most important the gap in the literature could also be witnessed.

2.1 Impact of illiteracy on access of health care.
The impact of illiteracy on access of health care has not been a widely researched topic with most studies being done in the United States of America and a the few done in Africa focusing on illiteracy as a challenge in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDs Many patients face great difficulties in understanding health in formation and navigating the health care system. Nearly 2 decades of research have linked limited literacy with challenges in health care, including lower health knowledge, misinterpretation of prescriptions, and lower receipt of preventive services. (Kripalani et al, 2006) Only in the last few years has health literacy—defined as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions”.(Healthy People, 2010) Most studies on this topic in Africa have looked as illiteracy as challenge to treatment in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Studies done by UNFPA have shown that educated women are more likely to know how to prevent HIV infection, to...
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