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Contraceptive use among young women in Namibia: Determinants and policy implications

Nelago Indongo, University of Namibia

This paper examines social, demographic and behavioural factors that influence contraceptive use and method choice among young Namibian women. It explores ways to improve the accessibility of health facilities and family planning services for young women. The logistic regression method has been applied to examine the determinants of contraceptive use and method choice. Whilst there is provision, the accessibility of existing reproductive health services for young women is poor and levels of contraceptive use are still low. This is due to lack of support from parents and the broader community. Health facilities are user-unfriendly as they lack confidentiality and privacy. These negative experiences of young women impact on their utilization of reproductive and health services and their use of contraceptives. Thus government strategies, which aim to increase the use of contraceptives amongst young women in Namibia, ought to enhance and improve parent-child communication and make a range of choices available.

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Presented in Session 60: Contraception method mix and dual protection