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Introduction: Despite the implementation of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), five high priority districts (HPDs) which are tribal in nature in Maharashtra show poor composite index in terms of maternal health indicators.
Objective: To find out the determinants influencing maternal health indicators among tribal population in five HPDs.
Methods: Various secondary data sources on the five HPDs in Maharashtra were reviewed.
Results: The available data suggests that five levels of determinants such as individual characteristics, family structure, community profile, cultural practises, availability, and accessibility of health infrastructure and facilities, district profile, and the governance issues, are influencing the maternal health Indicators.
Conclusion: Coordinated efforts are required for developing resources and agencies for the empowerment of this population in the long run. Tailor-made programmes to influence the health seeking behaviour of tribal mothers would play an important role and would bring about improvement in the maternal health indicators in these districts.