Investigating the effeciveness of information provision on reproductive health by the University of Zambia to Third year BA.LIS Students

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Makoni, Brenda
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This study was carried out to investigate the effectiveness of information provision on reproductive health (RH) by the University of Zambia (UNZA) clinic to third year BA.LIS students. The interest in the research arose due to the fact that challenges in the accessibility and availability of RH, and awareness of RH services as well as disseminating of the RH information to the students for preventive care is not effective and adequate.The study was carried out by administering 50 questionnaires to randomly selected students belonging to the Library and information studies 3rd year class of 2008/2009 intake. Results revealed that majority of the respondents knew that UNZA clinic offered RH information services and the consequences of not acquiring this information. They strongly agreed that RH information is of great importance to both male and female students in an institution like Unza and its the driving factor to development of any nation. The study revealed that dissemination of RH information by UNZA clinic could be enhanced through the provision of adequate formats such as posters in providing the service.The study revealed that Unza clinic staff was not sufficient enough to cutter for the student populace. Respondents alluded to the fact that the clinic is effective and information on RH was quite accessible to students because the available methods and formats was not enough to cutter for all students. Most respondents advocated for the need to improve the dissemination of information on RH by increasing sensiti/ation and having a radio programme on UNZA radio. The accessibility and usage of RH information would improve thereby rectifying the problem of poorly spacing of children, abortions and the spread of STIs that can affect the student populace.
Information services--Zambia , Health Education--Zambia , Sexual behaviour surveys--Zambia