Reproductive Health Seeking Behavior of Tribal Women: A case study among PARAJA tribes of Laxmipur Block, Koraput district, Odisha, India.
|Dr. Meera Swain|
Reproductive Health seeking behavior of Tribal Women among PARAJA community was studied in the Laxmipur Block, Koraput district, Odisha. The study was carried out based on both primary and secondary data. Primary data on health seeking behaviour of tribal pregnant women was collected through field survey (interview, focused group discussion and census schedule) in Ranjitguda village of Laxmipur Block . About fifty pregnant women belonging to PARAJA tribe were interrviewed and their responses were analysed. . The secondary data on reproductive and child health was collected from the Community Health Centre of Laxmipur Block, Koraput and the data was analysed to assess the government facilities available as regards to reproductive health of tribal women, their access and acceptability to such facilities and the real status of reproductive health in the block inhabited mostly by PARAJA tribe. The study shows that the reproductive and child health schemes of the government are neither implemented in their true spirits nor the tribals reap the benefits of the schemes. The study reveals that absence of gender bias and no to abortion are two important reproductive health seeking behavior of tribal women of PARAJA tribe. It is observed that the methods of caring during pregnancy and particularly the neonatal and postnatal period are still dependent on the traditional knowledge and methods.
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