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    Use of postpartum health services in rural Uganda: knowledge, attitudes, and barriers.

    Nabukera SK; Witte K; Muchunguzi C; Bajunirwe F; Batwala VK

    Journal of Community Health. 2006 Apr; 31(2):84-93.

    The purpose of this study was to explore the knowledge, attitudes and barriers to use of postpartum care service among rural communities in Uganda. Study was a part of a larger reproductive health evaluation project, and was cross-sectional in nature utilizing qualitative research methods using the narrative inquiry. Two matched rural communities were used in this study; Semuto in Luwero district, and Lwamaggwa in Rakai district. Fifty key informants who were purposefully selected from each study site were interviewed. They included community leaders, political leaders, health care providers, women leaders and community members. One-on-one interviews were conducted with key community informants using an interview guide. The purpose of the interview was explained to each participant, and written informed consent was obtained before the start of the interview. Respondents were allowed to express their views, opinions and observations on several health issues including postpartum health care services. There was a low level of knowledge about postpartum care services among the respondents of the two communities. There was lack of awareness about postpartum care and it's benefits. The main barriers to use of services were; misconceptions regarding the importance of postpartum care, distance to health facilities, poverty, and health system factors notably; poor facilities, lack of essential drugs, and poor attitudes of health workers. In the effort to improve reproductive health care services, there is an urgent need to improve postpartum services, and make them more accessible and user friendly. The training of providers at all levels is essential, in addition to educating families on the importance of postpartum care services. (author's)
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    A politico-medical perspective of induced abortion in a semi-urban community of Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

    Fasubaa OB; Akindele ST; Adelekan A; Okwuokenye H

    Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2002 Jan; 22(1):51-57.

    This study is designed to document a semi-urban community perspective on induced abortion in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, with a view to estimating community awareness, attitudes and implications of its existence in the community and providing relevant sociopolitical policies and pragmatic educational guidelines for policy makers to solve some of its problems within the Nigerian landscape and beyond. This was a cross-sectional study conducted in April 2000, at Oranfe community in Ile-Ife, South West, Nigeria, which has an estimated population of 5250 inhabitants. We used the survey method with the aid of a well-structured questionnaire. One hundred and eighty residents of the community were sampled as our subjects for this study. We used the cluster random sampling technique. The main outcome measures were the sociodemographic characteristics of the respondents, knowledge, attitude with perceived solutions to the problems of abortion and relationship of the sociodemographic factors to respondents' knowledge and attitude. The respondents were highly literate, as only 18(11.04%) had no formal education. Eighty-five (52.79%) had good knowledge of abortion while 45 (27.95%) and 31 (19.25%) had fair and poor knowledge, respectively. Thirty-eight (24.05%) respondents felt that the solution to the problems of induced abortion can be obtained through its legalisation; 31 (19.62%) respondents believed that the solution lies in liberalising laws on abortion; provision of safe abortion services was suggested by 30 (18.98%) respondents. One hundred and seven (66.88%) felt that legalisation of abortion will increase its practice while 53 (31.12%) felt that such legalisation will not increase the practice. Similarly, 55 (34.37%) of the respondents emphasised that legalisation would reduce the problems of induced abortion compared with 82 (51.25%) who felt otherwise. One hundred and twenty (73.61%) of the respondents did not believe that the position of the law in Nigeria can stop the practice of induced abortion. Solving the problems of induced abortion in Nigeria requires pragmatic and non-hypocritical sex educational policies, which are widely embracing to sensitise people in the community through public enlightenment programmes. (author's)
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    Ascertaining the user perspectives on community participation in family planning programme in Thailand.

    Soonthorndhada A; Buravisit O; Vong-Ek P

    [Bangkok], Thailand, Mahidol University, Institute for Population and Social Research, 1991 Dec. [8], 132 p. (IPSR Publication No. 156)

    A study of community members, family planning program staff and managers, community-based distributors (CBDs), and local leaders in 4 regions of Thailand was undertaken to determine the extent to which community members are willing to participate in family planning programs, and which activities they prefer. 400 married women aged 15-44, 100 of their spouses, with a contraceptive prevalence rate of 69% taken equally from 12 villages, 16 CBDs from 12 communities, 69 village leaders divided into 1 focus group per village, and 17 staff were interviewed from May to July 1989. 5 variables that determine attitudes were measured: sociocultural norms for participatory behavior, values and beliefs underlying norms, institutionalized participatory behavior, government policies, and the family planning program. Some of the responsibilities open for participatory activity were promotion of family planning in the community,k educating potential users, target-setting, selecting, paying, training and supervising CBDs, record keeping, storing commodities, identifying potential acceptors, and transportation to clinics. Staff and CBDs considered community participation a valuable strategy. Community members considered participation attractive if it were perceived as beneficial to the community. They liked the idea of having services locally, but showed some doubts about the competence of CBDs. They expressed hesitancy about participating in such a personal realm as family planning. Most thought that program staff would be better able to do IEC work. Community members would consider participating in transportation to clinics, selection of CBDs, identification of acceptors, and referral to clinics. Community members were strongly motivated to work in collective, social activities. Managers wanted to make community people more self-reliant and cooperative. No one wanted community participation to duplicate current programs, or to pass program expenses on to localities.
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