Determinants of unmet need for family planning among women in Northern Uganda
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This study aimed at identifying the risk factors that determine the unmet need of family planning among women in West Nile and Acholi. Data were analyzed at three levels. Univariate and bivariate levels where frequency distributions of the respondents were computed. At multivariate level, the risk factors for unmet need for family planning among women in Acholi and West Nile were determined. Results showed that majority (86%) of the respondents were victims of unmet need for family planning, more than a quarter of respondents were in the age group of 15-19 years (26%), almost a half of the respondents were very poor (49%), more than a half (61%) of the respondents were Catholics. There was almost an equal percentage of respondents who were married (30%) and those living with partner (29.3%), majority (83%) of the respondents resided in rural areas, almost three quarters (69%) of the respondents acquired primary education, more than three quarters (82%) of the respondents were currently working, more than a half of the respondents (51%) had ever given birth to less than 5 children and more than a half (59%) of the respondents were not sure whether their partners consumes alcohol followed Multivariate analysis indicated that marital status and number of living children were found to be the risk factors determining unmet need for family planning. Therefore, the researcher recommends that emphasis should be put on sexual education, subsidize contraceptives, and strengthen incentives for girl child education and promoting contraceptive awareness especially in the rural areas.