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Role and acceptability of traditional birth attendants (DAIs) in a rural community in South India

Subramanian, T and Charles, N and Balasubramanian, R and Sundaram, V and Ganapathy, S and Dharmaraj, D (1996) Role and acceptability of traditional birth attendants (DAIs) in a rural community in South India. Indian Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine, 27 (3&4). pp. 109-116. ISSN 0301-1216

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Abstract

Dais are the traditional birth attendants, conducting deliveries at home in the majority of villages in India. A study was planned to find out the feasibility of utilising the services of the dais in case-finding in Tuberculosis (TB) and for drug delivery to diagnosed patients. As a preliminary step, a survey was done with a view to find out the role and acceptability of the dais by the community in 5% of households in randomly selected 24 of the 48 villages in Sriperumbudur taluk in Tamil Nadu, where a voluntary organisation. "PREPARE" was delivering primary health care through dais. A total of 466 individuals, either the head of the household or any other responsible person available, were interviewed to find out the role and acceptability of the dais by the community. The salient findings of this study are that 83% mentioned that the dais reside in their respective villages. hence the services of the dais were available at ail times and 82 % had stated that the services were useful to them. This background information is essential for health planners so that this task force could be effectively utilised in health programmmes, in the rural areas in India.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Traditional birth attendants, Rural Dais, Community acceptability of Rural Dais
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Socio Behavioral
Divisions: Social and Behavioural Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 09:12
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 05:08
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/420

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