THE ROLE OF DEVELOPMENT EXCHANGE CENTRE IN IMPROVEMENT OF HEALTH STATUS OF BAUCHI RURAL WOMEN, NIGERIA.

Author's Name: Dr Thliza, A. W. & Dr Thliza, M. G
Subject Area: Social Science and Humanities
Subject Other
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

, Rural Women, Improvement and Traditional Birth Attendants and health care


Abstract

The study analyzed the Development Exchange Centre’s Effectiveness of Empowerment on Rural Women in Bauchi State, Nigeria. The objectives of the study included but not limited to; improvement in the health status of women. The study adopted a survey method as a research design with a population sample frame of 1335 women from a total of 55 women groups in the four Local Government Areas. The study employed a multistage sampling procedure to select 200 respondents randomly from four Local Government Areas which were purposively selected. Structured Questionnaire was used for data collection from the respondents. Secondary information was obtained from DEC’s records and publications. The analytical tools used were descriptive statistics such as frequencies, percentages, and means and inferential statistics method using Chi Square analysis for testing the hypotheses. Results of the hypothesis tested revealed that; there is a significant effect of Development Exchange Centre on women beneficiaries in terms of economic self-reliance, improvement in health status and access to education. Other aspects of health that recorded improvement with various percentages include; awareness on HIV/AIDS, good water source, and general health care. The analysis identified improvement in the health status because 72% indicated that there were improvements in health care and maternity clinics. There was also a significant decrease in women patronizing Traditional Birth Attendants.

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