Effects of socio-cultural factors on Family Planning use in Somaliland


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Somalia has one of the highest Maternal Mortality Rates (MRR) in the world at 732 per 100,000 births. Family planning, which plays a major role in reducing maternal and newborn mortality, remains unpopular. Religious beliefs, cultural barriers, and misconceptions associated with contraceptive use are known to prevent both women and men from accessing reproductive health services and information.

Somali mCPR remains at 5.1%. A thorough understanding of the attitudes and practices responsible for this trend is lacking, because of the scarcity of health data available in Somalia. This study provided us with information on the levels and trends in behaviors and related factors.