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Factors influencing maternal health indicators among tribal population in Maharashtra (India) with special focus on five high priority districts

Author Affiliations

  • 1National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Parel, Mumbai-400012, Maharashtra, India
  • 2National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Parel, Mumbai-400012, Maharashtra, India
  • 3National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Parel, Mumbai-400012, Maharashtra, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 6, Issue (5), Pages 20-29, May,14 (2017)


Although National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has been ushering the public health scenario of India, five high priority districts (HPDs) which are tribal in nature in Maharashtra show poor composite index in terms of maternal health indicators. To find out the determinants influencing maternal health indicators among tribal population in five HPDs, various secondary data sources on the five HPDs in Maharashtra were reviewed. The available data suggest that six levels of determinants such as individual characteristics, family structure, community profile, availability, and accessibility of health infrastructure and facilities, district profile, and the governance issues, are influencing the maternal health Indicators. Coordinated efforts are required for developing resources and agencies for the empowerment of this population in the long run. Tailor-made programmes to influence the health seeking behaviour of tribal mothers will play an important role and will bring about improvement in the maternal health indicators in these districts.


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