Family Planning and Contraception Research in Ethiopia featured in Reproductive Health Journal Supplement

June 22nd, 2022 | News

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An article by one of our JSI Ethiopia staff and various collaborators has been featured in the Reproductive Health’s supplement, “Sexual and Reproductive Health in Ethiopia: Gains and Reflections over the Past Two Decades.”

The article, “If fear of infertility restricts contraception use, what do we know about this fear? An examination in rural Ethiopia” included contributions from Last 10 Kilometers project director Dessalew Emaway and writers from the Department of Health Science of Boston University Sargent College, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the University of California San Francisco.

Over the past 10 years, Ethiopia has reduced unmet need for family planning and increased contraception use substantially. However, almost one-quarter of women still have an unmet family planning need. The primary reason for non-use is “method-related health concerns” and within this broad category, the misbelief that using contraception causes infertility. The objective of this research was to examine associations with this misperception, which extends to countries around the word, and suggest strategies to correct it.

The article was published with support from Last 10 Kilometers project funder The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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