Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Utilization of Long Acting Family Planning Method among Women of Reproductive Age Groupe in Mizan-Aman Twon, Bench-Majizone, South West Ethiopia, 2016

Background: Family planning is having the number of child you want to have and when you want them. Knowledge and utilization on long acting and reversible family planning plays a major role in reducing maternal and child morbidity and mortality rate. In addition, family planning encourages women to have better health and it increases female’s exposure to work place productive activity. Currently, the world population growth is increasing through time to time in fastest manner. Such kinds of problems are much significant in developing countries like that of Ethiopia. This is true because currently Ethiopia is one of the most populated countries in Africa.

Objective: To assess the knowledge, attitude and utilization of long acting contraceptive method among women of reproductive age group in Mizan-Aman town, in selected Keble’s.

Methodology: A community based Descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted from April 08 to April 30, 2016 G C among reproductive aged women. The Study was conducted in selected Keble’s in Mizan teferi, Ethiopia. Multi stage sampling technique was used to select 731 study participants. A pre-test and structured questionnaire was used to collect the data and all the returned questioners were cleaned and coded manually and transferred to spss version 20 for further analysis, descriptive statistics was used and tables and graphs were used.

Result: A total of 731 reproductive age women were included in the analysis. The proportions of respondents who had low, moderate, and high knowledge was 6.06%, 52.02%, and 42% respectively and 65.02% of women had positive attitudes. Only 18.2% of the respondent's utilized LAFPMs which is still dominated by short acting methods that was injectable.

Recommendation: For Mizan-Aman health bureau and other stakeholder work on family planning: strengthen continuous education on LAFPMs by model LAFPMs users and advocate for method uptake during clinic visit. Health extension workers should enhance discussion between couples.

Author(s): Yayehyirad Yemaneh and Bamlaku Birie

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