July 28, 2021

The gap in contraceptive knowledge and use between the military and non-military populations of Kinshasa, DRC, 2016–2019

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo has one of the highest total fertility rates in the world. Whereas contraceptive analyses often focus on a specific sub-group within the larger population (e.g., adolescents, indigenous, or other groups known to differ from the general public), little research is available from low- and middle-income countries on military populations. PMA conducted a study to assess change over time in the modern contraceptive prevalence rate (MCPR) and related variables among married women of reproductive age (15–49 years) in the military population in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, compared to women in the non-military population, based on cross-sectional surveys in 2016 and 2019.