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Inequalities in caesarean section in Burundi: evidence from the Burundi Demographic and Health Surveys (2010–2016)
Authors: Sanni Yaya, Betregiorgis Zegeye, Dina Idriss-Wheeler, and Gebretsadik Shibre
Source: BMC Health Services Research, 20(Article number 652); DOI: 10.1186/s12913-020-05516-8
Topic(s): Cesarean section
Delivery care
Maternal health
Country: Africa
Published: JUL 2020
Abstract: Background Despite caesarean section (CS) being a lifesaving intervention, there is a noticeable gap in providing this service, when necessary, between different population groups within a country. In Burundi, there is little information about CS coverage inequality and the change in provision of this service over time. Using a high-quality equity analysis approach, we aimed to document both magnitude and change of inequality in CS coverage in Burundi over 7 years to investigate disparities. Methods For this study, data were extracted from the 2010 and 2016 Burundi Demographic and Health Surveys (BDHS) and analyzed through the recently updated Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT) of the World Health Organization. CS delivery was disaggregated by four equity stratifiers, namely education, wealth, residence and sub-national region. For each equity stratifier, relative and absolute summary measures were calculated. We built a 95% uncertainty interval around the point estimate to determine statistical significance. Main findings Disparity in CS was present in both survey years and increased over time. The disparity systematically favored wealthy women (SII?=?10.53, 95% UI; 8.97, 12.10), women who were more educated (PAR?=?8.89, 95% UI; 8.51, 9.26), women living in urban areas (D?=?12.32, 95% UI; 9.00, 15.63) and some regions such as Bujumbura (PAR?=?11.27, 95% UI; 10.52, 12.02). Conclusions Burundi had not recorded any progress in ensuring equity regarding CS coverage between 2010 and 2016. It is important to launch interventions that promote justified use of CS among all subpopulations and discourage overuse among high income, more educated women and urban dwellers.