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Differentials in man's participation in family planning in Mbeya region, Tanzania

Francis J Sichona, University of Dar es Salaam
Maurice C.Y. Mbago, University of Dar es Salaam

This paper investigates factors influencing men’s participation in family planning in Mbeya Region, Tanzania. Mbeya was selected for this study because it is one of the regions with high fertility and low contraceptive use in the country. Using field data colleted from 568 married men aged between 15 and 59 years, the paper shows that men’s knowledge of contraceptives in Mbeya region was highest for male condoms and lowest for the diaphragm. The study also found that men’s past use of modern contraceptives is significantly influenced by age, education, number of living children, and desired number of additional children. This significance of the association was confirmed by the application of logistic linear regression analysis.

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Presented in Session 41: Male sexual and reproductive health needs