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Bhutan: Maternal and Reproductive Health at a Glance

Sameh El-Saharty, Naoko Ohno, Intissar Sarker, Federica Secci and Somil Nagpal

No 93556, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: Bhutan is a small landlocked country in the Himalayas between China and India. Poverty reduction has been rapid from about 23 percent in 2007 to 12-13 percent in 2012. Gender equality and women's empowerment are important determinants of reproductive health. Contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) is higher among the poorest quintile than the richest. Large disparities in access to skilled birth attendant remain by geography and wealth quintile. Poor nutrition is a serious issue for pregnant mothers, since 55 percent of women are anemic. Bhutan will need to focus on increasing the focus on quality along the continuum of care; improving access and equity; and ensuring sustainability of health financing.

Keywords: adolescent fertility; adolescents; agriculture; antenatal care; birth attendant; child survival; Chronic malnutrition; civil society organizations; contraceptive prevalence ... See More + contraceptives; diets; diseases; Early childbearing; epidemiology; Female; Female labor; female sterilization; Fertility; fertility rate; gender; Gender equality; Gender Inequality; gender parity; health facilities; health sector; healthcare providers; human development; Immunization; isolation; Lack of knowledge; Life expectancy; lifestyles; live birth; live births; malnutrition among children; married women; maternal deaths; maternal health; maternal health outcomes; Maternal Health Services; Maternal Mortality; measles; Migration; Ministry of Health; mother; mothers; nongovernmental organizations; Nutrition; pill; Poor nutrition; Pregnancy; private sector; progress; proportion of girls; public health; purchasing power; purchasing power parity; REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH; rural infrastructure; rural women; secondary education; secondary school; secondary schools; Skilled birth attendance; social marketing; sterilization; tertiary education; UNDP; UNFPA; UNICEF; urban women; World Health Organization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2014-11
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