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Local Perceptions of Social Protection Schemes in Maternal Health in Kenya: Ethnography in Coastal Kenya

Author Stephen OMBERE
Director of thesis Prof. Dr. Tobias Haller
Co-director of thesis Dr. Sonja Merten
Summary of thesis

It focused on local perceptions of social protection schemes of maternal care health in Kenya, based on nine months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in rural villages in Kilifi County in Coastal Kenya. It contains the views of practitioners and mothers regarding maternal health care and outlines, how the protection schemes work in two ways: On the one hand a voucher system was installed, which should help poor women to get access to a wider service system of maternal health (including antenatal checks and post-natal care) and on the other hand the new so-called free maternity service providing free assistance during the birth process. The PhD analyses social anthropological research data on the contradictions of these two service systems focusing on actors’ perceptions. In addition, it explores the coping strategies of the mothers not being able to access the service and the health practitioners, not being able to deliver the service. In the end, the PhD proposes possible ways of making maternal healthcare policies more participatory in Kenya.

Status finished
Administrative delay for the defence 2018