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 Vol 14: Reproductive health knowledge and services utilization among rural adolescents in east Gojjam zone, Ethiopia: a community-based cross-sectional study.


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This article is from BMC Health Services Research, volume 14.AbstractBackground: According to World Health Organization, adolescents are people between 10 and 19 years of age; one-fifth of Ethiopian population constitutes adolescents and four-fifth live in rural areas. Local evidence about adolescents’ reproductive health knowledge, services utilization and associated factors are relevant to design age-appropriate program interventions and strategies. Hence, this study assessed the level of reproductive health knowledge and services utilization among rural adolescents in Machakel district, Northwest Ethiopia. Methods: A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the level of reproductive health knowledge and services utilization of rural adolescents in Machakel district. The study employed both quantitative and qualitative methods. A systematic random sampling technique was used to select 415 adolescents from eligible households. Data were collected using pre-tested structured questionnaires and in-depth interview guides. The data were entered into Epi Info and analyzed by SPSS software for windows. Univariate, bivariate and multivariate analyses were done. Result: More than two-third 67% of the adolescents had knowledge about reproductive health. Age AOR = 3.77, 95% CI: 3.1-8.98, living arrangement AOR = 2.21, 95% CI: 1.81-6.04 and economic status AOR = 3.37, 95% CI: 1.65-6.87 were associated with reproductive health knowledge. However, only one-fifth 21.5% of the adolescents had ever used reproductive health services including family planning, sexually transmitted infections treatment and information, education and communication. Reproductive health services utilization was significantly associated with age AOR = 2.18, 95% CI: 1.13-8.03 and knowledge for reproductive health AOR = 1.23, 95% CI: 1.23-4.21. Parent disapproval, lack of basic information and pressure from partners were found to deter adolescents from accessing and using reproductive health services. Conclusion: Reproductive health knowledge and services utilization amongst rural adolescents remained low. Age and economic status were significantly associated with reproductive health knowledge; moreover, reproductive health services utilization was associated with age and respective knowledge for reproductive health. Community-conversation in line with adolescent-to-adolescent-counseling, peer education and parent-adolescent communication should address sensitive topics such as sex education and life skill development.



Autor: Abajobir, Amanuel Alemu; Seme, Assefa

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