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Knowledge and use of modern family planning methods by rural women in Zambia

C. Mubita-Ngoma, M. Chongo Kadantu
Curationis | Vol 33, No 1 | a1004 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v33i1.1004 | © 2010 C. Mubita-Ngoma, M. Chongo Kadantu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2010 | Published: 28 September 2010

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C. Mubita-Ngoma, Department of Nursing Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Zambia, Zambia
M. Chongo Kadantu, Siavonga District Health Management Team, Zambia

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Abstract

The main aim of the study was to determine knowledge and use of modem contractive methods among reproductive age group rural women in Zambia. The study is a descriptive cross-sectional study of 105 randomly selected rural women. Data was collected using semi-structured interview schedule and analyzed using EPI Info version 6 statistical packages. The findings revealed that 63% of the respondents were within the age group 21-35 years, 65% were married and 64% were peasant farmers. 90% of the respondents had heard about modem contraceptives and their main source of information was the Health worker (62%). 76% of the respondents stated that modem contraceptive methods could be obtained from public health facilities. 56% of the respondents were currently using modem contraceptive methods and 46% were not using modem contraceptive methods. Reasons for non use of contraceptive methods were religious beliefs (50%), partner disapproval (30%) and side effects (20%). The results showed a relationship between educational level and use of contraceptives (Chi-square 7.83, df = 3, P < 0.05) and spouse approval or support of contractive methods and use of contraceptive (Chisquare 5.9, df = 2, P < 0.05). Therefore, efforts to promote modem contraceptive use among the rural women should be intensified to overcome barriers to contraceptive use and should involve men.

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