Estimating unmet need for contraception by district within Ghana: an application of small-area estimation techniques


Amoako Johnson, Fiifi, Padmadas, Sabu S., Chandra, Hukum, Matthews, Zoe and Madise, Nyovani (2012) Estimating unmet need for contraception by district within Ghana: an application of small-area estimation techniques. Population Studies, 66, (2), 105-122. (doi:10.1080/00324728.2012.678585). (PMID:22553978).

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The importance of meeting the unmet need for contraception is nowhere more urgent than in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, where the fertility decline is stalling and total unmet need exceeds 30 per cent among married women. In Ghana, where fertility levels vary considerably, demographic information at sub-national level is essential for building effective family planning programmes. We used small-area estimation techniques, linking data from the 2003 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey to the 2000 Ghana Population and Housing Census, to derive district-level estimates of contraceptive use and unmet need for contraception. The results show considerable variation between districts in contraceptive use and unmet need. The prevalence of contraceptive use varies from 4.1 to 41.7 per cent, while that of the use of modern methods varies from 4.0 to 34.8 per cent. The findings identify districts where family planning programmes need to be strengthened

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0032-4728 (print)
1477-4747 (electronic)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Social Statistics & Demography
ePrint ID: 338901
Date Deposited: 18 May 2012 13:14
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:21
Research Funder: ESRC
Projects:
Poverty and maternal health in Ghana: A spatial analysis of exclusion from care
Funded by: ESRC (RES-167-25-0343)
Led by: Zoe Matthews
21 July 2008 to 20 January 2011
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/338901

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