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Fall 2015


Maternal mortality distinctly highlights a health burden women face, particularly in developing countries. For that reason, poor maternal outcomes in rural India are a field in which Public Health workers and researchers continue to question and study. This project aims to understand the reasons behind poor maternal health outcomes for village women in Bahraich District of Uttar Pradesh. The focus of this topic is the accessibility of available health services and the attitudes of various players who distribute or consume services of the health system. Through fieldwork with doctors, medical institutions, auxiliary health workers, traditional health workers, and village women, this study examines the importance of how different communities work together and against each other, how they perceive each other, and how the biggest health risk for women in villages is the lack of understanding between health workers and the women. It shows the realistic options for pregnant women and new mothers regarding their healthcare, and how a community health worker model could help health systems better work together to improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of traditionally disadvantaged women in rural communities.


Family, Life Course, and Society | Inequality and Stratification | Politics and Social Change | Public Health | Women's Studies



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