Patterns, levels and trends in unmet need for contraception: a case study of Kenya

Sam Wafula, University of Nairobi
Lawrence Ikamari, University of Nairobi

We explore the levels, patterns and trends in the level of unmet need for contraception using the KDHS 1998 and 2003. Results reveal a drop in the overall unmet need for contraception of about 8.7%. Generally, unmet need for contraception to space is much higher than that to limit. Findings show that between 1994 and 2003, the need to space births decreased by a much less percentage (8.2%) as compared to that of limiting further births (9.6%). The study employs binary logistic regression models to assess the age of the woman, educational level, the type of place of residence, exposure to mass media, the province of residence, partner’s approval of family planning and ethnicity in explaining unmet need. Separate models are fitted for unmet need to space, limit and the overall unmet need.

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Presented in Session 55: Family Planning in Kenya