Much of Sub-Saharan Africa lags behind the world in reproductive health. The nine villages surrounding Gorongosa are remote rural villages with very limited access to health care, and contraceptive options. A survey regarding the health of women and children in the community was created and every woman between the ages of 15, and 59 was surveyed, a total of 2438 in all. There were many sections but this thesis focuses on the results of the contraception and family planning segment. In this population only 4% of women are using any form of family planning, 8.2% state they would like to, but only 3% state a desire to become pregnant at the point of the survey. Only 17.2% can name a method of contraception, and 27% believe that temporary contraception can lead to permanent infertility. Significant associations were found between knowledge and positive beliefs about contraception and use, or a desire to use contraception, indicating there is a role for educational programs to help inform women of their options and give them the opportunity for reproductive self-determination.
|School:||Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Health education|
|Keywords:||Community health worker, Contraception, Family planning, Mozambique|
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