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Table 5 Synthesis of perceptions of barriers for accessing maternal health services

From: “Midwives do not appreciate pregnant women who come to the maternity with torn and dirty clothing”: institutional delivery and postnatal care in Torit County, South Sudan: a mixed method study

Types of barriersEmpirical data
Socio cultural factors- Policy makers, health providers: Desire to deliver at home (privacy), prefer going to traditional healers, TBA
- NGO staff: women lack time, too many responsibilities
- Communities: No social cultural factors were raised
Perceived needs and benefits- Policy makers, NGO staff: lack of health knowledge on the importance of delivering in a health facility
- Communities: Perceived poor quality of care (poor attitude, discrimination based on social economic status, lack of skilled health care providers, lack of drugs)
Economic accessibility- Communities: Inability to pay for drugs, sweets, soaps and new clothing
Physical accessibility- All categories of participants: distance, insecurity, poor roads, lack of means of transport