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Donnish Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences

October 2015 Vol. 2(7), pp. 108-114

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Original Research Paper


Contraception among Women of Reproductive Age in the Santa Health District, Cameroon


Ndipowa James Attangeur Chimfutumba1*, Yongabi Kenneth Anchang2, Dismas Ongore3 and Lambert Nyabola3

1Department of Nursing, Cameroon Christian University, Bali, Cameroon.
2Phytobiotechnology Research Foundation Institute, Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda, Cameroon.
3School of Public Health, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.

Corresponding Author's E-mail: ndipowajames@gmail.com

Accepted 19th September, 2015.



Abstract


The persistently high maternal and infant morbidity and mortality rates in Cameroon are known to be in direct relationship with family planning and child spacing, especially among the young females of reproductive age (Strategies for Growth and Employment, 2000; and Health Sectorial Strategy, 2009). In the Santa Health District, the number of women who had access to family planning compared to the target from June 2006 to June 2008 was still very low -13% (Health Sectorial Strategy, 2009). That is why there is a high prevalence of adolescent pregnancies and illegal abortions (MICS, 2006). The aim of this study was to explore the socio-behavioral determinants that are responsible for the low utilization of family planning services in the Santa Health District. It was a descriptive cross sectional and comparative design in which “BEHAVE” was used to analyze the determinants between users and non-users of family planning services in the health district in order to come up with concrete and sustainable solutions. The key findings from this study confirmed that unmet family planning needs are a root cause of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in the Santa health district given that many women of child-bearing age would like to adopt family planning behaviors but they encountered several barriers. Spousal influences remained the key deterrents. That is why myths and unfounded concerns raised by male partners and religious bodies should be addressed.

Keywords: Contraception, Women, Reproductive, Health, Age.

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Ndipowa James Attangeur Chimfutumba, Yongabi Kenneth Anchang, Dismas Ongore and Lambert Nyabola. Contraception among Women of Reproductive Age in the Santa Health District, Cameroon. Donnish Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 2(7) 2015 pp. 108-114.


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