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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 2582-2586

Factors influencing the use of modern contraceptive methods among rural women of child bearing age in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Department of Health Sciences, Eben-Ezer University, Minembwe, The Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Dr. Freddy Rukema Kaniki
Department of Health Sciences, Eben-Ezer University, Minembwe
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_345_19

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Context: This study reports the unique findings of factors influencing the use of modern contraceptives (MC) among women of childbearing age in Minembwe, a rural community of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Aims: The study aimed at assessing the contributing factors to the use of MC in African rural communities. Methods and Materials: This descriptive study used a structured questionnaire to collect primary data distributed to women after obtaining their consent. Statistical Analysis Used: The data collected were analyzed using IBM-SPSS version 21.0. Results: Totally, 370 respondents comprising 53.2% women of over 30 years of age. All the 18 health facilities were stock out for both implants and injectable contraceptives during the study period. There were only 3 Medical doctors, 84 Nurses, and 180 other healthcare workers in a population of 86,153 including 18,092 women in reproductive age. About 22.0% spend between 31 and 45 minutes walking to the nearest healthcare facility. The majority (85.7%) of the women did not use any contraceptive. The major factors influencing the uptake of MC are religion inclination (67.4%) disapproval by husbands (40.9%), fear of health problems/side effects (32.6%), and the urge to have more children (20.5%). Conclusions: There is a need to further enlighten women of rural African communities on the need to use MC methods for birth control and other benefits. There is a need to enlighten the religious and traditional leaders and the community to support the use of family planning in order to minimize maternal and child mortality rate.

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