Barriers to Adoption of Family Planning among Women in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

  • JK Mathe
  • KK Kasonia
  • AK Maliro
Keywords: Pregnancy Spacing, Family Planning, Congo


The objectives of this survey were to identify women’s level of KAP toward FP; identify possible barriers to using FP; determine pregnancy spacing pattern; and ascertain the level of FP promotion by health workers. This was a 2-weeks cross-sectional survey at all maternity units in Butembo of post-partum women. 572 women were interviewed. FP knowledge was high (76%), perception good (80%). Majority used traditional methods (65%), mostly Calendar method (72%). Barriers to using modern FP included lack of
knowledge, fear of side effects, religious considerations and husband opposition. Unmet need for spacing and limiting was high (21 & 31%).For majority (56%), pregnancy spacing met WHO’s Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy recommendations. Promotion of FP was poor (42%). Training of health workers, advocating modern contraception, improving FP services in all public health facilities and promoting FP on each contact of women is highly recommended in this city (Afr J Reprod Health 2011; 15[1]: 69-77).

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