Knowledge attitude to modern family planning methods in Abraka communities, Delta State, Nigeria

East Afr J Public Health. 2008 Apr;5(1):10-2. doi: 10.4314/eajph.v5i1.38970.


Objective: To assess the level of regard and misconceptions of modern family planning methods in Abraka communities.

Methods: The interviewer's administered questionnaire method was used to gather the required information from 657 respondents randomly chosen from PO, Ajalomi, Erho, Oria, Otorho, Umeghe, Urhuoka and Uruagbesa communities in Abraka kingdom.

Results: Results show that 75.3% of those interviewed were aware of modern family planning but only 42.9% were using it to plan their families. Those using condom, safe periods and withdrawal constitute 32.6% of the 42.9% figure. Thus, data indicate a fairly high degree of awareness but little regard for family planning.

Conclusion: Campaigns should be organized in order to educate Abraka communities on the benefits and need for family planning. Government should provide quality, comprehensive and subsidized family planning services. In addition, research efforts should be intensified on how to take advantage of the traditional methods of family planning to systematically introduce the modern method, so as to gradually eliminate the associated bias and misconceptions associated with modern methods of family planning.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Contraception*
  • Family Characteristics
  • Family Planning Services*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marital Status
  • Middle Aged
  • Nigeria
  • Socioeconomic Factors