Knowledge attitudes and practices about family planning among women of child bearing age (15-45) attending Kiryandongo District Hospital

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Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences
Globally and locally in Uganda family planning is promoted to enable individuals and couples to space and limit birth. Family planning promotion is based on demographics and health concerns and basic human rights, clients may use either artificial family planning or natural family planning methods but none is 100% effective. This study was done to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices on family planning in women of reproductive age in Kiryandongo District Hospital. The objectives of the study were; to establish the consistency and correctness of the use of family planning methods used by women attending Kiryandongo District Hospital, to determine the type of birth control method they use, to determine the side effects of birth control methods used among women attending Kiryandongo District Hospital and to determine the major factors hindering family planning uptake among these mothers. A cross-sectional study was conducted among the population of 50 females of reproductive age. In this study the prevalence of FP use was higher 58.21% amongst the respondents of the area and majority 83.57% said using family planning was good. Men (93.57%) were the main decision maker in the use of family planning and held the opinion that having many children is prestigious and confers security to the family. Majority of the respondents acknowledged that it’s difficult to manage large unplanned families. The greatest barriers found to the use of family planning were males and religion amongst respondents. The prevalence of FP among women where high (58.21%) and men were the main determinant for family planning uses for their wives. The study recommended male involvement in family planning services will increased the prevalence of family planning
A research report submitted to the Faculty of Clinical Medicine and Dentistry in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of Kampala International University
Family planning, Child bearing age, Kiryandongo District Hospital