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dc.contributor.author Taapopi, Frieda N.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-13T12:21:20Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-13T12:21:20Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/1852
dc.description A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Public Health en_US
dc.description.abstract The intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD/IUCD) is a safe, effective and long-acting reversible contraceptive method commonly used worldwide. Despite its proven safety, efficacy and its reversibility, the IUD/IUCD is one of the contraceptive methods that is under-utilized in many African countries, including Namibia. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding the IUD/IUCD among family planning (FP) providers and acceptors in Khomas Region, Namibia. A non-experimental, quantitative, exploratory, descriptive study was conducted among 582 FP acceptors and nine (9) FP providers at nine (9) health facilities. For this study, two (2) structured interview questionnaires were developed, one for the FP acceptors and one for the providers, as tools for data collection. A probability sampling technique was applied to select the sample for the FP acceptors which was calculated using the Epi Info version 7, Statcalc, based on a P=50%, 4% margin of error and 95% confidence level. No actual sampling was performed for FP providers, thus the researcher studied the whole population, those who were providing FP services during data collection. The data were entered, cleaned and analyzed using Epi Info version 7 software. Overall, about half of the FP acceptors did not know about the IUD/IUCD, while almost all knew the injectables and oral contraceptive pills. All FP providers knew about the IUD/IUCD, but some have never seen it. Neither the FP acceptors, nor the providers had adequate specific knowledge content of the IUD/IUCD. Nevertheless, the attitude of the FP acceptors and providers was generally positive to the potential use of IUD/IUCD in the future. This study therefore recommends to the Ministry of Health and Social Services and its partners, sensitization and education of potential users about the IUD/IUCD in order to increase demand. Similarly, the FP providers should be equipped with the necessary specific knowledge and skills on the IUD/IUCD in order to be able to counsel and provide the IUD/IUCD to potential users. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Knowledge en_US
dc.subject Family planning en_US
dc.subject Intrauterine contraceptive device en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Intrauterine contraceptives
dc.subject.lcsh Birth control
dc.subject.lcsh Contraceptive drugs
dc.title Exploring the knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding the Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUD/ IUCD) among family planning acceptors and providers in Khomas region, Namibia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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