CC BY 4.0 · Journal of Child Science 2023; 13(01): e118-e126
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1772844
Review Article

Antenatal Care Services for Migrant Workers in Northern Thailand: Challenges, Initiatives, and Recommendations for Improvement

Jukkrit Wungrath
1   Department of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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This review article emphasizes the importance of addressing the unique health care needs of migrant workers in northern Thailand, with a focus on antenatal care services. There has been an increase in the number of migrant workers in the region. The challenges include language and cultural barriers, legal and administrative issues, inadequate health facilities and staff, and stigma and discrimination. However, by implementing a comprehensive set of recommendations, including strengthening collaboration, developing culturally sensitive programs, and increasing health care facility accessibility, stakeholders can create a more inclusive and supportive health care environment for migrant workers. This will ultimately contribute to healthier pregnancies and better outcomes for both mothers and their newborns. Prioritizing the needs of migrant workers is crucial for the successful integration of this population into the local health care workforce, thereby improving the health care system in northern Thailand.

Publication History

Received: 16 April 2023

Accepted: 26 July 2023

Article published online:
31 August 2023

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