The influence of government policies and other factors on the reproductive lives and rights of women in some selected francophone African countries

Princy Yesudian, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

This paper focuses on the reproductive lives and rights of women in some selected Francophone countries and Tanzania with the main objectives of providing an overview of government efforts in reproductive health by reviewing existing programs; study the health status of women, prevalence and pattern of existing family planning measures taken, their choice and perspective. Also to identify some determinants which have high impact on the reproductive lives of women using multivariate analysis. The unmet need for family planning was found to be very high in these countries. With the exception of Gabon, the governments were found to be directly or indirectly supporting the distribution of contraception. Though the fertility was found to be high, the prevalence of contraceptive use was very low in some of the selected countries such as Guinea, Mali, Niger (< 10%) and Chad (2.5%). The highest proportion of modern contraceptive users were either highly educated or from the richer/ richest wealth quintiles.

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Presented in Session 96: Influences on women's reproductive lives