Knowledge, attitudes and practices study of females in child bearing age towards family planning in Mayuge Town Council

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Kampala International University ,College of Medicine and Surgery
Uganda has a population of approximately 29.6 million people, of which almost 6 million are women of reproductive age (15-49 years) (Uganda Bureau of Statistics [UBOS], 2007). The annual growth rate is approximately 3.2 percent (UBOS, 2006), and the total fertility rate (TFR) (measured in the 2006 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey [UDHS]) remains high at 6.7 children per woman. As a result, Uganda is the third fastest growing country in the world (United Nations Population Division [UNPD], 2005). Researchers have identified several reasons why women who do not want to become pregnant do not use contraceptives. These include little perceived risk of pregnancy, health concerns about contraceptives and side effects, opposition to use (from husbands, families, and communities), poor access to and quality of family planning supplies and services, and lack of information (Ropey et al., 1996; Govindasamy and Boadi, 2000; Westoff, 2001; Drennan, 1998).However, these reasons had not been studied localy in Mayuge town council. The results from this study have revealed that the majority of the populations do not accept family planning practice even if they have wide Knowledge. Their attitudes are guided by cultural and the religious values. The main aim of this study was to find out the knowledge, attitides and practices of females in reproductive age towards family planning services in Mayuge Town Council –Mayuge district. This was a descriptive cross sectional study to determine the knowledge, attitude and practices of the females in child bearing age groups towards family planning in Mayuge town Council. In the study (250) two hundred and fifty respondents were randomly selected and interviewed using designed pre-tested questionnaires. It is anticipated that the results from this study will be used by different partners in health sector like ministry of health , Reproductive health Uganda, Mariestops Uganda among others in designing better programs that address knowledge,attitudes and practices gaps that were identified.
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of degree of bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBCHB) of Kampala International University. may/2014
Knowledge, Females, Child bearing age, Family planning