''Analysis of family planning knowledge and practices among rural Zambian Women''

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Chirwa, Margaret Chenda
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This study aims at assessing the impact which education, the money economy, age, marital status, religious affiliation and preferred family size has had on the Zambian rural women's family planning; knowledge and practice and to find out whether the women's traditional values of children were changing or not changing. Data for this study was drawn from a larger survey on "Fertility and Migration in Rural Areas of Zambia" which had five sections. This study utilized data from only one section of the larger survey which was on family planning,V related to Part Three of the questionnaire. A total of 3,000 women were interviewed in two districts in Eastern Province and two districts in Luapula Province. Using the 1980 Popula¬tion Census, each province was allocated a sample according to the population of the Province. A similar procedure was again used for each district. Within each district, villages were randomly selected with the probability to size. Within each village all the households were included in the sample.The objective of this study is to gain more understanding of the very current social issues of family planning knowledge and usage, in the rural areas, which so far, had been the least researched into. The insights maybe of relevance to both scholars and policy makers.
Birth Intervals , Natural Family planning