Factors associated with the number of antenatal care visits among internally displaced women in northern Nigeria

Fisayo T Adebangbe, Akim J Mturi

Abstract

This study explored the factors associated with the uptake of antenatal care services among internally displaced women (IDW) in northern Nigeria. The sample included ANC visits for 422 respondents who had a birth five years before the survey and living in the selected camps. Multinomial logistic regression was applied. Findings showed that only 28% of women visited ANC clinics for the recommended number of visits. IDW with some form of education were significantly more likely to have attended four or more ANC visits compared to the IDW with no education. Other covariates found to have a significant relationship with four or more ANC visits include, camp of displacement and access to newspaper. To improve uptake of ANC to fit the recommendations of the WHO and meet SDG3, the government and humanitarian organizations should continue to use media as a tool for advocacy in educating women on the benefits of complying with the recommended number of ANC uptake. (Afr J Reprod Health 2021; 25[2]: 120-130).

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