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Table 3 Community practices and support towards obstetric emergency management by County

From: Community involvement in obstetric emergency management in rural areas: a case of Rukungiri district, Western Uganda

Community practices County Significance (z-
test p-value)
  Rujumbura Rubabo  
  n = 238 n = 210  
  % %  
Interventions before women develop obstetric emergencies      
Conducting planning for support to give women 7.1 6.7 0.843
Identification of transportation means to be used
for women
19.8 25.4 0.164
Sensitization of women on those conditions 5.0 4.8 0.891
Intervention when woman develops obstetric emergency      
Taking her to health facility using stretcher 61.3 61.4 0.985
Taking her to the traditional healer 11.8 11.9 0.963
Referring her to health facility 32.4 41.4 0.047*
Mobilizing money to support her 14.3 18.1 0.273
Contacting the ambulance at health facility 1.7 5.2 0.030*
Support programmes Rujumbura Rubabo Total
  n % n %  
Community health insurance 7 9.3 8 10.1 15
Women development associations 11 14.7 6 7.6 17
Community zone saving and credit schemes 41 54.7 46 58.2 87
Community associations 12 16.0 10 12.7 22
Zone/Engozi/burial groups 4 5.3 9 11.4 13
Distance Rujumbura Rubabo Overall
Distance to nearest health facility      
Mean distance in km 1.8 2.2 2.0
Standard deviation 1.0 2.4 1.8
Range for distance 0.5-10.0 0.2-30.0 0.2-30.0
Distance to nearest maternity health facility§      
Mean distance in km 4.2 5.9 5.0
Standard deviation 3.8 6.4 5.2
Range for distance 0.5-22.0 0.5-30.0 0.5-30.0
  1. Key:*statistically significant at p < 0.05
  2. §Maternity health facility includes a level III and IV health centres and hospital