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Reproductive Health and Repatriation of Refugee Women in Africa: A Case of Liberian Refugee Women on Buduburam Camp

  • Author(s): DAUDA, DEBORAH
  • Advisor(s): Galal, Osman
  • et al.
Abstract

This thesis explores the importance of reproductive health among refugee women in Africa, particularly Liberian Refugee Women on Buduburam camp (Ghana) in respect to repatriation, using a historical backdrop of Liberia's complex history. A questionnaire was distributed to twenty-five women in eight zones using cluster sampling. Data collected from this study revealed poor reproductive health outcomes, low educational attainment, low income and limited knowledge of health related services. All of which are indicators and a reflection of the underutilization of prenatal health services and modern contraception. Evidence also suggested that the UNHCR does not adequately prioritize reproductive health services on the camp, and women were not eager to repatriate, regardless of their health status. Possible recommendation includes scaling up UNHCR's outreach efforts, increasing male involvement in family planning and importantly ensuring women have access to functional education and skills to improve their reproductive wellbeing

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