Maternal and child health in Albania.
Women in Albania today live in a world very different from that of their parents and grandparents.
In an increasingly « westernized » nation, women initially appear to have more autonomy within their families and greater power within society than their traditional ancestors had.
From the reports of aid agencies and the former government, it appears that Albanian women's health has also greatly improved in the last half century.
However, these reports are based largely on questionable statistics.
At the same time, initial impressions based on women's public images can be deceptive.
According to Albanian physicians, most of the data produced during the socialist era was falsified to improve the government's image.
Furthermore, no comprehensive research projects have examined the multi-faceted nature of pregnancy including both social and physical factors.
Albanian clinicians and international aid organizations need accurate indicators of maternal and child health to either corroborate or disprove the reports under discrepancy.
The study reported here documents current health conditions for pregnant women and their offspring in Albania.
Data for the study were collected in 1993 and 1994 from field sites throughout Albania.
A total of 3250 medical charts from 1993 were abstracted from five maternity houses.
Interviews were conducted during 1993-1994 with 1199 pregnant women who were followed through their pregnancies.
Of these women, 938 were located at delivery. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Santé, Femme, Homme, Gestation, Enfant, Etat sanitaire, Epidémiologie, Albanie, Europe, Statut socioéconomique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health, Woman, Human, Pregnancy, Child, Health status, Epidemiology, Albania, Europe, Socioeconomic status
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0426835
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 10/04/1997.