Journal article

Assessment of cesarean delivery availability in 26 low- and middle-income countries: a cross-sectional study

Rele Ologunde, Joshua P Vogel, Meena N Cherian, Mariam Sbaiti, Mario Merialdi, James Yeats

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess the capacity to provide cesarean delivery (CD) in health facilities in low- and middle-income countries. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted secondary analysis of 719 health facilities, in 26 countries in Africa, the Pacific, Asia, and the Mediterranean, using facility-based cross-sectional data from the World Health Organization Situational Analysis Tool to Assess Emergency and Essential Surgical Care. RESULTS: A total of 531 (73.8%) facilities reported performing CD. In all, 126 (17.5%) facilities did not perform but referred CD; the most common reasons for doing so were lack of skills (53.2%) and nonfunctioning equipment (42.9%). All health facilities surveyed had at..

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