Utilization of Family Planning Services and Influencing Factors Among Women of Child Bearing Age in Assosa District, Benishangul Gumuz Regional State, West Ethiopia
Science Journal of Clinical Medicine
Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2015, Pages: 52-59
Received: Apr. 5, 2015; Accepted: Apr. 26, 2015; Published: May 15, 2015
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Muluwas Amentie, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Assosa University, Assosa, Ethiopia; Department of Population and Family Health, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia
Muluemebet Abera, Department of Population and Family Health, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia
Misra Abdulahi, Department of Population and Family Health, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia
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Abstract
Background: Nearly all (99%) of maternal death occur in the developing countries. However, family planning (FP) could prevent as many as one in every three maternal deaths by allowing women to delay motherhood, space birth, avoid unintended pregnancies and abortion and stop childbearing when they reached their desired family size. Objective: To assess utilization of family planning services and influencing factors among women in Assosa District. Methods: A community based cross sectional study was conducted from May 17 – 31, 2012 on the selected samples of 536 women who had at least one delivery in the five years prior to the study using simple random sampling technique. Structured questionnaire, FGD and in-depth interview guide were used to collect data. Data were analyzed by using SPSS version 16.0. Binary logistic regression was used to determine the association between dependent and independent variables. Results: Out of the 525 study subjects 339(64.6%) women were currently using any method of contraceptive. Factors influencing utilization of family planning services were attending grade 7 and above [AOR= 2.19, 95% CI: 1.11, 4.33], being knowledgeable on family planning service [AOR= 3.9, 95% CI: 1.36, 8.48], having favorable attitude towards family planning service [AOR= 2.16, 95% CI: 1.45, 3.23] and availability of family planning service [AOR= 4.33, 95% CI: 1.5, 12.46]. Conclusion: This study revealed that family planning services were relatively better; they are still low as compared to national HSDP IV target. Educational status, knowledge on family planning, attitude towards family planning services and availability of family planning services were identified as factors affecting current utilization of family planning service. Providing IEC and house-hold level discussion on the important of family planning service utilization in the district is recommended.
Keywords
Family Planning Service, Health Service Utilization, Factors, Assosa, Benishangul Gumuz
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Muluwas Amentie, Muluemebet Abera, Misra Abdulahi, Utilization of Family Planning Services and Influencing Factors Among Women of Child Bearing Age in Assosa District, Benishangul Gumuz Regional State, West Ethiopia, Science Journal of Clinical Medicine. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2015, pp. 52-59. doi: 10.11648/j.sjcm.20150403.11
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