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Type Journal Article - BMJ open
Title Benefits of family planning: an assessment of women's knowledge in rural Western Kenya
Volume 4
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers e004643
URL http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/4/3/e004643.full
Background The last two decades have seen an increase in literature reporting an increase in knowledge and use of contraceptives among individuals and couples in Kenya, as in the rest of Africa, but there is a dearth of information regarding knowledge about benefits of family planning (FP) in Kenya.

Objectives To assess the factors associated with knowledge about the benefits of FP for women and children, among women in rural Western Kenya.

Methods Data are drawn from the Packard Western Kenya Project Baseline Survey, which collected data from rural women (aged 15–49 years). Ordinal regression was used on 923 women to determine levels of knowledge and associated factors regarding benefits of FP.

Results Women in rural Western Kenya have low levels of knowledge about benefits of FP and are more knowledgeable about benefits for the mother rather than for the child. Only age, spousal communication and type of contraceptive method used are significant.

Conclusions Women's level of knowledge about benefits of FP is quite low and may be one of the reasons why fertility is still high in Western Kenya. Therefore, FP programmes need to focus on increasing women's knowledge about the benefits of FP in this region.

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