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Table 3 Differences between maternal and newborn cases

From: Illness recognition and care-seeking for maternal and newborn complications in rural eastern Uganda

Domain Maternal cases Newborn cases Intervention area Comparison area
Illness recognition Illnesses fairly quickly recognized Delay in recognition of illness––symptoms Illness seems to be more quickly recognized Interviews reveal better knowledge of danger signs
Knowledge attained from the VHTs and Health workers
Minimal influence of culture
Larger delay in Illness recognition
Less knowledge of danger signs
Culture plays big role in delay in recognition
  Cause of illness and death mainly reported as biological Cause of illness and death unknown and mainly reported as God’s will. Other causes reported are witchcraft   
Decision makers The focal woman, husband, and mother in law are key decision makers The mother and mother in law are key decision makers
Husband only contacted when a referral is required or the illness is complicated
Care-seeking Care sought mainly from formal health care providers Although informal in a few cases First care-seeking point is home. Home remedies tried first before others Care sought from multiple points up to 4 steps
Most cases sought care from government health facilities and private clinics
Care sought from 1 to 2 points
Care sought mainly from government facilities and informal providers
  Care-seeking relatively fast Delay in care-seeking   
Community initiatives influence    Women report about the helpfulness of VSLAs/women’s groups to facilitate care-seeking No women’s savings groups