Accessibility and use of family planning information: case study north region Zanzibar

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University of Dar es Salaam
This study investigated the accessibility and use of family planning information (FPI) by rural women in North Region in District “A”, Zanzibar, Tanzania. The purpose was to examine the entire infrastructure required for accessing and using FPI in a rural setting. 100 respondents participated in this study, including both women and men of reproductive age, and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) clinic staff. These respondents were randomly and purposefully selected. A combination of methods was used to collect data for this study including interviews and observations. The study revealed that there is inadequate knowledge of various family planning methods (FPMs) and limited access to and use of FPI in Zanzibar. The situation is caused by ignorance, inconsistent availability of FPMs, few staff with limited training, inaccessibility of family planning services (FPS) and patriarchal gender relations. Furthermore, the study found that rural communities access FPI through radio programmes and MCH clinic staff. The study concludes that the surveyed rural communities/villages are disadvantaged in accessing and using FPI. It recommends that there should be provision of more health facilities in rural areas, training of MCH clinic staff, raising public awareness of family planning, ensuring constant availability of all FPMs, provision of family planning education in schools and provision of necessary facilities needed for effective dissemination of FPI in the rural settings.
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Family planning, Birth control, Zanzibar
Hassan, R. A (2011) Accessibility and use of family planning information: case study north region Zanzibar. Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available athttp://