Though Ghana has succeeded in halving poverty prior to the commencement of the new global
agenda – Sustainable Development Goals, the country still faces high maternal and child mortality
rates partly due to disparities in household wealth among other contextual factors. This study
investigates the effect of household wealth on selected indicators of maternal and child health–
antenatal care (ANC), modern contraceptive use and under-five mortality. In 2016, the WHO
recommended a new guideline on the number of ANC visits in which the recommended ANC
visits by expectant mothers was revised from four (4) to eight (8). This study therefore seeks to
examine the effect of household wealth on the uptake of the revised recommended visit of eight
(8). The study further seeks to ascertain the effect of household wealth on modern contraceptive
usage as well as under-five mortality. Using data from the 2014 GDHS data and employing the
logistic regression estimation technique, the findings reveal that household wealth has a positive
and significant effect on ANC. The results also indicate that household wealth has a negative and
significant relationship with under-five mortality whereas it has positive and insignificant
relationship with modern contraceptive use. Furthermore, this study uniquely identifies a
heterogeneous effect of household wealth on maternal healthcare service utilisation. In particular,
women in rural areas whose partners/husbands have attained a minimum of secondary education
are more likely to use healthcare services especially ANC. Hence, a holistic health education
especially for males in the rural areas as well as interventions that improve livelihoods are crucial
for improving maternal and child health.
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Frontiers, Edu. "The Effects of Household Wealth on Selected Indicators on Maternal And Child Health; Evidence From Ghana" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 10, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/the-effects-of-household-wealth-on-selected-indicators-on-maternal-and-child-health-evidence-from-ghana