Recent Report published by the National Centre for Women Development, NCWD, titled ‘’Update Study on Maternal Health Indicators in Nigeria, 2016’’, has revealedthat there is a higher knowledge and use of contraceptives by urban women than women living in rural locations.
The study shows that education also plays a major rolein the use of contraceptives as it revealed that 95 percent of women respondents in urban areas reported knowledge of contraceptives use.
Stating the knowledge and use of modern contraceptives by age revealed that among respondents between of 45-49 years , contraceptive usage is 8.9%, 40- 44 years is 14.4%, 35-39 years is 13.3%, 30-34 years is 12.6%, 25-29 years is 8.8%, 20- 24 years is 6.2%, and 15-19 years is 1.2%.
The study revealed that the acceptance and use of contraceptive use also depends on the educational status of women both in the urban and rural areas.
Also, the study shows that contraceptive use for women with more than secondary education is 37%, secondary education is 29%, primary education is 20% and no education is 3% only.
‘’Though the trend in total fertility rate is reducing over the years , the total fertility rate per 1000 women still remains at 6.2% for women residing in rural areas and 4.7% for women in urban areas.’’
This shows that contraceptive use is higher amongst women residing in rural areas than women residing in rural locations, the NCWD Study revealed.
It said that federal government and development partners like United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, USAID and DFID have jointly invested heavily in the provision of contraceptives over the years.
It further called on government to increase sensitiszation and explore factors responsible for low usage of modern contraceptives reported.