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Gender relations and women’s reproductive health in South Sudan

S. Kane, M. Rial, A. Matere, M. Dieleman, J.E.W Broerse, M. Kok

In South Sudan, women disproportionately bear the burden of morbidity and mortality related to sexual and reproductive health, with a maternal mortality ratio of 789 deaths per 100,000 live births.

A qualitative study was conducted to analyze how gendered social relations among the Fertit people affect women’s ability to exercise control over their reproductive lives and thereby their sexual and reproductive health. Transcripts of 5 focus group discussions and 44 semi-structured interviews conducted with purposefully selected community members and health personnel were analyzed using Connell’s relational theory of gender.

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