Family planning in choiseul province, Solomon Islands

Strachan J., Hartley D., Owen J., Rowling D. and Pikatcha J. (1995) Family planning in choiseul province, Solomon Islands. Journal of the Australian Population Association, 12 1: 35-50. doi:10.1007/BF03029309

Author Strachan J.
Hartley D.
Owen J.
Rowling D.
Pikatcha J.
Title Family planning in choiseul province, Solomon Islands
Journal name Journal of the Australian Population Association   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1443-2447
Publication date 1995-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF03029309
Open Access Status
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 35
End page 50
Total pages 16
Language eng
Subject 3317 Demography
Abstract The results presented are from a rural prevalence survey on family planning in Choiseul Province, Solomon Islands. Married women aged 15-49 years with at least one living child and married men whose wife met the same criteria, provided data on knowledge, attitudes and practices of contraceptive use. Fifty one per cent of the female sample were using some form of contraception, 26 per cent reversible and 25 per cent non-reversible methods. Sixty-five per cent of men claimed that they or their spouse were using a method of family planning. Tubal ligation was the most common currently used method (25 per cent in the female survey). Desired family size was four for both males and females. Knowledge and approval of family planning was high, with 83 per cent of females and 81 per cent of males knowing of at least one method. Problems in accessing information and services for family planning include cultural and logistical constraints. Religious affiliation was the major variable affecting knowledge, use and approval of contraceptive methods. Nearly a quarter of the sample lived further than two hours travel time from the nearest health clinic supplying contraceptive methods. These clinics often have only an intermittent availability of supplies. A strong interest in family planning was demonstrated by both respondents and service providers.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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