What do Family Planning Clients and University Students in Nairobi, Kenya, Know and Think about Emergency Contraception?

  • Esther Muia Population Council, Nairobi.
  • Charlotte Ellertson Population Council, Mexico City.
  • Shelley Clark Population Council, New York.
  • Moses Lukhando Consultant, Population Council.
  • Batya Elul Population Council, New York.
  • Joyce Olenja Consultant, Population Council.
  • Elizabeth Westley Currently AVSC International, New York, formerly Population Council, New York.
Keywords: Emergency contraception, Kenya, family planning clients, students, knowledge, attitudes

Abstract



Currently, emergency contraception is seldom used in Kenya. As part of a larger study designed to provide insight into the possible roles for the method in Kenya, we assessed the knowledge of and attitudes towards emergency contraception in two groups of potential users, and we focus on these data specifically in this paper. We interviewed clustered samples of clients at ten family planning clinics in Nairobi (n = 282) and conducted four focus group discussions with students at two universities in Kenya (n = 42). Results show that despite relatively low levels of awareness and widespread misinformation, when the method was explained, both clients and students expressed considerable interest, but also expressed some health and other concerns.

(Afr J Reprod Health 2000; 4[1]: 77-87)

Key Words: Emergency contraception, Kenya, family planning clients, students, knowledge, attitudes
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