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Knowledge, attitude and perception of Islamic religious leaders on maternal health issues in Zamfara state, Northwest, Nigeria: a qualitative study

Mohammed Mawaida, Abdullahi and Mamat, Nik Mazlan and Abdul Rahman, Suzanah and A. Rahman, Nor Azlina and Baba, Tukur (2017) Knowledge, attitude and perception of Islamic religious leaders on maternal health issues in Zamfara state, Northwest, Nigeria: a qualitative study. In: Understanding Africa: the stories of culture and change. Partridge Publishing Singapore, Singapore, pp. 1-13. ISBN 978-1-4828-8192-9

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate the knowledge, attitude and perception of the Islamic religious leaders (IRLs) on maternal health issues in Zamfara States, Nigeria, as well as the roles they can play in reducing maternal deaths in the state with a view to improve the maternal. A qualitative study, in the forms of in-depth interview and focus group discussion was conducted in eliciting information from the IRLs regarding their knowledge, attitude and perception on maternal health issues and maternal deaths among women of reproductive age in Zamfara State. A total of sixty four (64) IRLs were purposively sampled for this reason. The results show that all of the IRLs interviewed have a positive perception on maternal health issues and programs implemented by partners and donor agencies in maternal health services in the state, especially those with some knowledge about the activities of these implementing agencies. Their knowledge and understanding of the maternal health issues was high especially on maternal health issues from the Islamic perspectives and viewpoint. IRLs served as health educators on maternal health through delivering sermons at Friday congregational prayers (jummaat), Islamic gatherings and schools. In conclusion, the IRLs can become an important medium for information, education and communication in improving maternal health services uptake. Programmers, implementing agencies and donor partners in maternal health services need to collaborate and work with the IRLs in achieving the set targets of maternal mortality reduction and improving uptake of maternal health services in Zamfara.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: 4617/58233
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic religious leaders, maternal health, maternal mortality, northern Nigeria.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM621 Culture
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM701 Social systems
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Biomedical Science (Effective:1st July 2011)
Depositing User: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suzanah Abdul Rahman
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2017 15:08
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 12:53
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/58233

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