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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), pp. 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

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Published date: 4 May 2012
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography


Local EPrints ID: 338901
ISSN: 0032-4728
PURE UUID: 4a94478c-e0af-48c3-ac1a-bf38e35c1331
ORCID for Nyovani Madise: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 18 May 2012 13:14
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:56

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Author: Hukum Chandra
Author: Zoe Matthews
Author: Nyovani Madise ORCID iD

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