maternal health care utilization in Vietnam

Inequity in maternal health care utilization in Vietnam

Emilia Goland1*, Dinh Thi Phuong Hoa2 and Mats Målqvist1

Author Affiliations

1International Maternal and Child Health, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

2Hanoi School of Public Health, Hanoi, Vietnam

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International Journal for Equity in Health 2012, 11:24  doi:10.1186/1475-9276-11-24

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Received: 22 December 2011
Accepted: 28 April 2012
Published: 15 May 2012

© 2012 Goland et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.



Vietnam has succeeded in reducing maternal mortality in the last decades. Analysis of survey data however indicate that large inequities exist between different segments of the population. We have analyzed utilization of antenatal care and skilled birth attendance among Vietnamese women of reproductive age in relation to social determinants with the aim to reveal health inequities and identify disadvantaged groups.

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