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Reproductive health decision making among nomadic pastoralists in North Eastern Kenya: a qualitative social network analysis

Kenny, Leah, Hassan, Rahma, Bacchus, Loraine J., Smith, Matthew, Shell-Duncan, Bettina, Dagadu, Nana Apenem, Muriuki, Angela, Aden, Abdullahi Hussein, Jelle, Ibrahim Abdirizak, Cislaghi, Beniamino and Hossain, Mazeda (2021) Reproductive health decision making among nomadic pastoralists in North Eastern Kenya: a qualitative social network analysis. Reproductive Health, 18 (1). ISSN 1742-4755

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Identification Number: 10.1186/s12978-021-01164-1

Abstract

Background: To our knowledge, no studies exist on the influence of nomadic pastoralist women’s networks on their reproductive and sexual health (RSH), including uptake of modern family planning (FP). Methods: Using name generator questions, we carried out qualitative egocentric social network analysis (SNA) to explore the networks of four women. Networks were analyzed in R, visuals created in Visone and a framework approach used for the qualitative data. Results: Women named 10–12 individuals. Husbands were key in RSH decisions and never supported modern FP use. Women were unsure who supported their use of modern FP and we found evidence for a norm against it within their networks. Conclusions: Egocentric SNA proves valuable to exploring RSH reference groups, particularly where there exists little prior research. Pastoralist women’s networks likely change as a result of migration and conflict; however, husbands make RSH decisions and mothers and female neighbors provide key support in broader RSH issues. Interventions to increase awareness of modern FP should engage with women’s wider networks.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://reproductive-health-journal.biomedcentral....
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: Centre for Women Peace and Security
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2021 09:39
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110790

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