Utilisation Of Family Planning Services Essay

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FACTORS AFFECTING UTILISATION OF FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES AMONG URBAN SLUM DWELLERS: A CASE OF CHORKOR BY ROBERT HENRY SUAPIM Long essay submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master in Business Administration (Health Services Management) at the University of Ghana Business School, Legon May, 2009 ABSTRACT This study examined factors affecting utilisation of family planning services among urban slum dwellers: a case of Chorkor. The slum area, Chorkor was divided into four clusters and households were selected from each cluster using simple random sampling. Data was collected from 374 women of reproductive age (15-49). The study identified a number of individual and enabling factors as significant determinants of family planning services utilisation, including woman‟s level of education, husband‟s level of education, number of children/parity and women‟s autonomy. This study‟s findings showed that highly educated women are usually well enlightened and may have a better understanding of the significance of using family planning services. It was established that highly educated men are also well enlightened hence are more likely to encourage their partners to use family planning services. Women who reported having the power to take decisions without any interference were three times more likely to use family planning services. In addition, the use of family planning services by urban slum dwellers increased with number of children. The major barrier identified to family planning service use is administrative barriers followed by psychosocial barriers, cognitive barriers and socio-economic barriers. Reporting of administrative barriers declined with husband‟s level of education and increased with woman‟s level of education and parity. Reporting of cognitive barriers decreased with age. Women at higher levels of

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