Zimbabwe bears a heavy burden of high maternal, neonatal and child mortality rate. The female population and children combined constitute about 70% of the total population. Approximately 70% of the countryâ€™s population resides in rural areas. Zimbabwean rural women have, over the years, faced several challenges in accessing and utilizing Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) services. Rural areas in Zimbabwe have had high prevalence of home deliveries and pregnancy related complications associated with lack of access to and utilization of MNCH services, resulting in high maternal, stillbirths, new-born, neonatal and infant mortality rates. Access to and utilisation of Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health services and facilities by rural based pregnant women has been limited by several issues that have been explored and assessed in the Primary Health Care clinics. The 3 delays effect on the factors affecting access to health care remain largely unclear in rural setting.
Keywords: Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Services; new-born; neonatal-infant mortality; three-delay model, Mutare District, child bearing Age.