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MATERNAL SAFETY OF SYRIAN REFUGEES IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY [anatol j fm]
anatol j fm. 2018; 1(2): 56-61 | DOI: 10.5505/anatoljfm.2018.03521

MATERNAL SAFETY OF SYRIAN REFUGEES IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY

Vasfiye Bayram Değer1, Melikşah Ertem2, Hasan Durmuş3, Sema Çiftçi1, Elçin Balcı4
1Artuklu University Vocational Health High School, Mardin, Turkey
2Retired, Mardin, Turkey
3Kilis Local Health Authority, Kilis, Turkey
4Erciyes University Faculty of Medicine, Public Health Department, Kayseri, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: Immigrants are exposed to many health risks during and after immigration. The impact of immigration on women is greater. The impairment of the women’s mental health and barriers to accessing health services bring about many risks associated with pregnancy. In this study, it was aimed to reveal the state of using safe motherhood services among the women aged between 15-49 year old who immigrated from Syria.
METHODS: In this cross-sectional descriptive study, the data were obtained from Syrian women aged between 15-49 age living in Mardin city center and Kızıltepe in 2016 and agreeing to participate in the study. The sampling size was calculated 384, and the study was carried out among 363 women.
RESULTS: The average age of the participants is 28.06 ± 8.39 years and 38.0% is in the 25-34 age group. The rate of those who stated that they did not have any problems when applying to healthcare facilities is 42.3%. Out of 363, 180 (49.6%) women got pregnant after arriving in Turkey. While 162 (90.0%) pregnant women stated that they were examined by health personnel at least once during pregnancy, the rate of those who underwent adequate follow-up (≥4 follow-up) was 46.7%. Of the women, 47.2% who had pregnancy in Turkey were vaccinated against tetanus at least once.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Although they found health services to be complicated, the level of benefiting from safe motherhood services was moderate. Despite these positive findings, it is suggested that health care facilities should be tailored for intercultural communication.

Keywords: Emigrants and immigrants, Maternal health, Syria, Women's health, Pregnancy

Vasfiye Bayram Değer, Melikşah Ertem, Hasan Durmuş, Sema Çiftçi, Elçin Balcı. MATERNAL SAFETY OF SYRIAN REFUGEES IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY. anatol j fm. 2018; 1(2): 56-61

Corresponding Author: Hasan Durmuş, Türkiye
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