Ethnic and Spatial Variation in Antenatal Check-up among Married Women in Western Hill, Nepal
This study uses cross sectional information drawn from poverty and health service utilization survey 2010 conducted in western hill region of Nepal. The main aim of this paper is to examine the variation in utilization of antenatal check up due to ethnic and spatial factors among every married women. The analyses (bivariate and multivariate) reveal that ethnicity and place of residence have a mild association with utilization of antenatal check up. However, mass media exposure, education of respondents and household economic condition have strong positive influence on utilization of antenatal check up. Use of antenatal services is likely to be higher among women having higher education, exposed to mass media and are from the household with better economic condition. Therefore, the government should adopt the policy measure which minimizes the rural urban disparity in terms of accessibility of health facilities.