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Reproductive Health and Access to Services among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China


Reproductive Health and Access to Services among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China
Reproductive health, including maternal health, is an important issue for China’s migrant population. This paper briefly reviews the reproductive health situation, including reproductive health knowledge and status, health service use, and interventions among rural-to-urban migrants.

By analysing three data sets, the authors assess the reproductive health status of migrants, focusing particularly on the self-reported reproductive health of migrant women; maternal health and service utilization of migrant women; and contraceptive use among migrant men. Their three surveys found the following common themes in terms of migrant reproductive health services:
  1. migrants were found to have limited access to health service or poor health-seeking behaviour in some aspects of reproductive health;
  2. they often have relatively limited sources of service compared to local residence; and
  3. their knowledge and information about reproductive health service is not adequate.

There have been some improvements over time, in some cases through project intervention. Further research is needed to assess the impact of policy change and other variety of efforts to improve migrants’ reproductive health.

For a list of the papers in this series, please go to the project page.
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  • Pub. Date: 9 Dec 2013
    Pub. Place: Geneva
    From: UNRISD