Family Planning in Africa: Who and Where Are the under-Served? By Oloruntoba Efe Grace and Olawepo Abiodun Rapheal

Oloruntoba Efe Grace, Lagos

Unintended pregnancy is one of the factors that lead to population increase in Africa. The current research was carried out to examine family planning in selected coastal communities of Nigeria. Methods: Descriptive analytical study was conducted on 400 people. A questionnaire consisting of two sections: socio-demographic information and respondents’ satisfaction with Family Planning was used. Data were analyzed using tables, percentages and regression analysis. Results: 87.5% of respondents experienced early exposure to sexual intercourse. Eight variables explain 62.9% of the variability of the influence of socio-demographic status on family planning acceptance while five variables accounted for 80.6% variability in the constraints faced to access family planning services. Conclusion: The findings indicated that adequate attention has not been devoted to enlightening the people in the coastal communities in Africa on the implication of large family size. Family Planning is suggested to be reinforced to build healthier relationships and families. Word count 148

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  Presented in Session P2. Poster Session 2