The Correlates of Contraceptive Use Among Currently Married Women in Assosa Town of Benishangul Gumuz Regional State of Ethiopia.

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Addis Ababa University


Ethiopia, the second largest populous country in the near future, where the rate of population growth is still among the highest, and measures taken to control the rapid growth of population and thereby the practice of modern contraceptive use is being at its lowest stage than other countries, challenges the pace of socia economic development and the wellbeing ness of the countries population. The study was ca.rried out among one of the newly emerging urban centre, Assosa, Benishangul Gumuz region. The development of the city was highly associated with migrants and businessmen of individuals coming from the surrounding and other urban centres of Ethiopia. The decentralization system of the e;risting potitical regime plays a profound role to the current development of the town. And a number of civil servants andjob seekers had been residing in the town. According to CSA report more than 75 Percent of people living in the town were migrants of other places with diversified demographic, socia cultural economic characteristics/backgrounds. For the study 600 samples of individual who are currently married women aged 15- 49 taken to investigate factors associated with the practice of contraceptive use. Of which 60 percent of married women were currently using contraceptives, while the remaining ones were not using any methods due to several factors including breast feeding, in fecundity and health related problems particularly fear of side effects and so forth. During the data analysis different demographic socia economic and culturaljactors were reported as the major inhabiting factors of contraceptive practice for users, including lack of knowledge, husband disapproval, opposed to FP, religion prohibitions, etc.Logistic regression, which helps to predict the presence or absence of a characteristics or outcomes, based on the value of a set of predictor variables that is more suited to model where the dependent or response variables is dichotomous, had been applied to major factors/predicting variables of the study population. Family planning programs ,which has been targeting to increase the prevalence of contraceptive use should focusing not only repeating similar kinds of program execution rather the existing specific context of the area should be taken in to account and studied. Hence to expand the program activities the existing femaleorientedfamily programs should incorporate the involvement/participation of male as well. The finding indicates that thee is urgency for an organized and integrated FP information, education and communication programs and strategies aiming at encouraging husband-wife FP communication, changing husband's attitude and their active involvement in the program.



Use Among Currently Married Women