December 22, 2018

Differences in family planning outcomes between military and general populations in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo: a cross-sectional analysis

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Authors: Pierre Akilimali, Philip Anglewicz, Henri Nzuka Engale, Gilbert Kabanda Kurhenga, Julie Hernandez, Patrick Kayembe, Jane Bertrand

Journal: BMJ Open, 8. December 2018

This study examined family planning outcomes among women living in military camps in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and compared these outcomes with a representative sample of non-military women in Kinshasa. Although they do not have more children, women in military camps are less likely to be using contraception and less knowledgeable about many family planning methods, while at the same time they are more likely to want to limit their births, and less likely to have obtained their preferred family planning method. Women in military camps in Kinshasa appear to be an important and underserved population with regard to family planning. Our results suggest that women in military camps have limited access to modern family planning methods.