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The use of family planning methods can positively affect the household economy in terms of income.
Recent paper by Amsale et al has revealed that around 44 % of women recognized the use of family planning as a means to ensure child spacing followed by 32.3% of those who reported as a means of limiting the number of children.
Majority of women reported that F/p could be used to reduce household size. A significant number of women had actually observed the effect of family planning in reducing their own family size. Among the respondents who actually experienced the effect of family planning in reducing their fertility/family size, most of them indicated that their use of F/P had improved their household economy.
Figure1. Types of Family planning used for regulating fertility and ultimately to improve household economy.
In the paper, Amsale et al showed that family size has an association with women empowerment (education). The total number of children had a significant association with the overall increase in the household income. This reveals that having a large number of children has a negative effect on the overall increase in the household income. This is supported by the evidences indicated by United Nations report. It was stated as high fertility may have a possible and an important effect on the health and economic wellbeing of a family and a nation at large.
The authors recommended that a strategy has to be designed to reach women who had less awareness about the effect of family planning in improving household economy. The local health office has to work very hard on ensuring the availability and accessibility of modern contraceptive methods so that the clients would have a high chance of using contraceptives ultimately to attain a positive effect on their household economy. Furthermore, an emphasis has to be given to the way how the coverage and utilization of long term family planning methods can be improved.
Amsale Tekle Ergano , Gamo Goffa Zone Finance and Economy Development Department, Arbamicnh, EthiopiaGirma Azene , PhD, Tulane University technical Assistant Project- Ethiopia Mesfin Mamo , Department of Nursing, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Arba Minch University, P.O. Box 21, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
A paper about the study that appeared recently in the Science Journal of Public Health.