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Improving provision of family planning among pastoralists in Kenya: perspectives from health care providers, community and religious leaders

Kenny, Leah, Bhatia, Amiya, Lokot, Michelle, Hassan, Rahma, Aden, Abdullahi Hussein, Muriuki, Angela, Ahmed Osman, Ibrahim, Kanyuuru, Lynn, Pryor, Shannon, Bacchus, Loraine J., Cislaghi, Beniamino and Hossain, Mazeda (2021) Improving provision of family planning among pastoralists in Kenya: perspectives from health care providers, community and religious leaders. Global Public Health. ISSN 1744-1692

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17441692.2021.1944263

Abstract

There exist significant inequities in access to family planning (FP) in Kenya, particularly for nomadic and semi-nomadic pastoralists. Health care providers (HCP), are key in delivering FP services. Community leaders and religious leaders are also key influencers in women’s decisions to use FP. We found limited research exploring the perspectives of both HCPs and these local leaders in this context. We conducted semi-structured interviews with HCPs (n=4) working in facilities in Wajir and Mandera, and community leaders (n=4) and religious leaders (n=4) from the nomadic and semi-nomadic populations the facilities serve. We conducted deductive and inductive thematic analysis. Three overarching themes emerged: perception of FP as a health priority, explanations for low FP use, and recommendations to improve access. Four overlapping sub-themes explained low FP use: desire for large families, tension in FP decision-making, religion and culture, and fears about FP. Providers were from different socio-demographic backgrounds to the communities they served, who faced structural marginalisation from health and other services. Programmes to improve FP access should be delivered alongside interventions targeting the immediate health concerns of pastoralist communities, incorporating structural changes. HCPs that are aware of religious and cultural reasons for non-use, play a key role in improving access.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rgph20/current
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: Centre for Women Peace and Security
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2021 13:21
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 03:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110945

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