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ISSN: 2315-5051

Volume 6, Issue 5, pp. 1497-1504

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Determinants of the Use of Modern Contraceptives in Baringo County



1Dr. Victor Rono , 2Dr. George Ruigu, 3Dr. Lisbet Charana, and 4Dr. Edmon Obat



1Medical Doctor and Researcher at Centre of Health Solutions, Kenya.

2Senior Lecturer, University of Nairobi, Kenya

3Pharmacist and Researcher at Laborex Kenya

4Medical doctor and Researcher at Nyanza Reproductive and Health Society, Kenya


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3rd August, 2017



Rono V, Ruigu G, Charana L, Obat E (2017). Determinants of the Use of Modern Contraceptives in Baringo County. Prim. J. Soc. Sci. 6(5): 1497-1504.



Birth control program is fundamental in the control of maternal and child mortality rates as a woman can then effectively space her births and avoid unwanted pregnancy. The major component of family planning is the use of contraceptives (especially modern) methods which form a critical pillar in maternal health provision and population control initiatives. The Kenyan government promotes the use of family planning by provision of these services through informed and voluntary choice at various health facilities across the country. The knowledge of family planning methods in Kenya is nearly universal and is a major requirement for the patient in making the decision to acquire the services. This has led to a substantial increase in the uptake of modern contraception over the years. Baringo County has 33.1 % prevalence rate of modern contraceptives use among women aged 15-49 while the national average is 53.2%. There are regional variations with urban-rural disparities regarding the use of modern contraceptives, and this means that there are very many women who are vulnerable to unplanned pregnancy and abortions that are largely unsafe. No previous study has been done to document the correlates of modern contraceptives in Baringo County hence the preparation of this paper. The study used a probit model to examine the determinants of modern contraceptive use in Baringo County. The study revealed that a woman with secondary or higher levels of education, has living children, visits health facility periodically, is exposed to family planning information, falls between the age bracket of twenty to thirty four (20-34) years, married, protestant and classified as richest has  a higher probability of using modern contraceptives as compared to other contraceptives.

Keywords: Modern contraceptive use, unplanned pregnancy, abortions, levels of education, family planning information, married, protestant, richest, Women, Baringo County.


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