Reproductive Health Aspirations and Unmet Needs in Urban Slums in Ibadan and Kaduna, Nigeria: A Qualitative Exploration

  • AI Akinyemi
  • JO Aransiola
  • L Ikuteyijo
  • E Omoluabi
  • A Fatusi

Abstract

Reproductive health issues of urban slum dwellers are among the most challenging in Africa. Studies have generally examined this issue across the rural-urban dichotomy, without specific focus on urban slum dwellers. Many of these studies are also mostly quantitative. We utilize the qualitative approach to fathom the aspirations and challenges of urban dwellers in the domain of reproductive health. The results confirm that they aspire for smaller-sized families and healthy sexual and reproductive lives but are constrained by religious and socio-cultural factors. Idioms associated with their aspiration and experiences were well documented. There is the need to intervene in order to improve the sexual health of urban dwellers.

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