Maternal health and human rights violations (PLoS Medicine, Dec. 2008)

Health indicators are poor and human rights violations are widespread in eastern Burma. The goal of this study is to estimate coverage of maternal health services prior to a multi-ethnic pilot project exploring strategies to increase access to essential maternal health interventions and associations between exposure to human rights violations and access to such services.

Selected communities in the Shan, Mon, Karen, and Karenni regions of eastern Burma that were accessible to community-based organizations operating from Thailand were surveyed to estimate coverage of reproductive, maternal, and family planning services, and to assess exposure to household-level human rights violations within the pilot-project target population.