The Role of Male Involvement in Modern Family Planning Utilization and Associated Factors in Arba Minch Town, Gamo Gofa Zone, Ethiopia
European Journal of Preventive Medicine
Volume 5, Issue 4, July 2017, Pages: 39-44
Received: May 2, 2017;
Accepted: May 20, 2017;
Published: Jul. 14, 2017
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Gemechu Kejela, Department of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Science, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Girma Mira, Department of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Science, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Belete Gaga, Department of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Science, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Aman Muktar, Department of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Science, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Behailu Ololo, Department of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Science, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Shanko Bezabehe, Department of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Science, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
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Introduction: Men often have higher decision making power in matters such as sexual relations, family size, and seeking health care than women. On the contrary, women carry a disproportionate amount of responsibility for reproductive health matters including family planning. Even though women receive the bulk of reproductive health services, gender dynamics makes women powerless. Reproductive health matters in its broader sense should be a concern for all not for just that of women; and it needs the attention of men, entire family and the society at large. Despite this, men involvement in family planning utilization is low in Ethiopia. Objective: The main aim of this study is to assess the role of male involvement in family planning utilization and associated factors in Arba minch-town, Gamo Gofa zone, Ethiopia. Methods: A community based cross-sectional study was conducted in Arba-minch town among 406 married men. The data was collected by face-to-face interview using pre-tested structured questionnaire. Sampling units (households that fulfill the inclusion criteria) were selected by using simple random sampling method. Verbal consent was obtained from respondents by explaining the objective of the study. The questioner was developed in English then translated to local language for actual data collection. Data was cleaned, coded and entered into computer and analyzed using SPSS version 20.0. Binary and multivariable logistic regression analysis was done at 95% CI and variables with p-value of < 0.05 at multivariable logistic regression were considered as significant predictors of the outcome variable. The findings of the study were presented in text, tables and charts. Result: The result of this study shows that male involvement in modern contraceptive utilization is 68%. Respondents who were knowledgeable on modern family planning methods were 2 times more likely to involve in family planning utilization compared to those who have no knowledge (AOR [95% CI] = 2.0 [1.397, 3.992]). Respondents whose desired number of children is less than or equal to three were five times more likely involve in modern family planning utilization (AOR [95% CI] = 5.0 [0.192, 0.957]). In addition, respondents who are illiterate were 85% less likely to involve in modern family planning utilization compared to those with educational status of diploma and above (AOR [95% CI] = 0.15 [2.299, 17.738]). Conclusion and recommendation: In this study, male involvement in modern contraceptive utilization is slightly high compared to other studies conducted in the country. Male involvement on modern contraceptive utilization is largely influenced by men knowledge on modern contraceptive methods, level of education and desired number of children. Family planning Information, Education and communication should be given for men to increase their involvement in modern contraceptive utilization.
Family Planning, Male, Involvement, Utilization, Arba Minch
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The Role of Male Involvement in Modern Family Planning Utilization and Associated Factors in Arba Minch Town, Gamo Gofa Zone, Ethiopia, European Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Vol. 5, No. 4,
2017, pp. 39-44.
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