Factors influencing modern contraceptive use in Karamoja region
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Population growth has continued to pose significant problems in the social, economic and the wellbeing of the population worldwide. The growth in the population is uneven. Family planning is one of the interventions that have been designed by the United Nations through sustainable development goals. The study set out to establish the factors associated with the use of Modern contraceptives among women in Karamoja. The study used data from the 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey. Only data from Karamoja region was considered the sample comprised of 309 women aged 15-49 years. Analysis was done at two levels that is univariate and bivariate. The level of significance was set at p-0.05. The findings showed that there was a significant association between wealth quintile, occupation, education and decision making concerning modern contraceptives use among women. The results showed that proportions of modern contraceptive use were higher among women with secondary and above education (17%), the rich wealth quintile (20.4%), professionals (38.2) and those that participated in decision making (34%). There should be strengthening of family planning interventions like the use of contraceptives to all the women of reproductive ages through reaching out to adolescents in school. Promote women economic empowerment through creating employment opportunities for them. There is need to target women of low social economic status, promote free and equal education to all women and to integrate economic empowerment aspects in family planning programs in Uganda especially targeting women from poor wealth quintile. This is done to promote modern contraceptive use among women in Karamoja.