Access to maternal and newborn health services for women with disabilities in Timor-Leste - August 2016
Summary of publication
This report examines the needs of women with disabilities in equitably accessing maternal and newborn health services in Timor-Leste.
This report explores the perspectives of midwives and doctors (service providers) and women with disabilities in terms of access to services. Research participants' understanding of disability and the MNH needs and rights of women with disability are presented as well as the reported access to different services in the continuum of care. The influence of barriers and enabling factors on the access of women with disabilities to family planning and MNH services is discussed. Additionally, the experience of service providers in providing services to newborns identified as having impairments
during the postnatal period is documented. Importantly, this report provides recommendations developed from the findings to promote disability inclusion within family planning and MNH programs in Timor-Leste.