95% women, 96% men use one method of family planning


...survey reveals

OCTOBER 7, 2014 By Regina Pratt

Health Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah
Health Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah

The recently released 2013 Demographic Health Survey has revealed that knowledge of family planning is high in Sierra Leone, as 95% of women and 96% of men are aware about contraceptive methods.

The survey further states that the most common modern contraceptive method used by women is pills, while men predominantly use condom. Pills, the survey reports, record about 91%, injection 90%, implants 88%, while 87% of men use condoms.

According to the report, the use of modern family planning has increased from 8% in 2008 to 17% in 2013, while traditional methods have decreased.

The survey also states that one-quarter of married women and 16% of married men have the desire to delay or stop childbearing, and that 25% of married women have unmet need for family planning.

It further states that unmet need was high among young women age 15-49 and women 35-39, while women 40 years and over were trying to limit child birth.