Results presented in this STEP UP Research Report show that over half of women having unmet need for family planning in Senegal did not intend to use family planning in the future and this was consistent across all population strata. Reasons for non-use confirm the existence of widespread opposition to the use of modern contraception. Unfamiliarity and lack of information is likely to be a reason for such opposition; initial suspicion of contraception has also been documented. Thus a first policy priority, and one that is relatively easy to achieve, is to increase knowledge through the mass media and localized awareness-raising activities. An equally important, but more difficult objective, is to improve the climate of opinion about contraception. The Senegal government now has a strong policy in place, awaiting effective implementation.
Machiyama, Kazuyo and John C. Cleland. 2013. "Insights into unmet need in Senegal," STEP UP Research Report. London: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
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