Background: Children are among the most vulnerable groups in society, whose health is of prominent significance. Moreover, as a group of clients with special needs in the health care system, they require special attention. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the 0-14-year-old children’s access to health centers in rural areas of Kermanshah Province, Iran.
Methods: In the present cross-sectional study, both the latest published demographic statistics related to the Population and Housing Census, announced by the Statistical Center of Iran in 2011, and the information about the public and private hospitals in the province, collected by Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, were used as the basis for the analyses. Additionally, given the importance of spatial nature of the research, GIS was used for data analysis, and a buffer model was also applied.
Results: The results revealed that out of the total population of 0-14-year-old children residing in rural areas within 15,000 and 30,000-Kilometer radii of Kermanshah Province, 87.94% and 75.11% of girls versus 88.15% and 75.38% of boys lacked access to health centers, respectively.
Conclusion: It was found out that the 0-14-year-old children’s access to health centers was in poor condition in rural areas of Kermanshah Province, which would endanger the health of this age group.