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Fall 2013

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Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development


This paper attempts to discern barriers to family planning access and use in the Manguier quarter of Yaoundé, Cameroon based on research collected during a three week period. Questionnaires and interviews were used to measure women’s use of and opinions towards family planning consultations and methods. The spread of rumors regarding negative side effects, mistaken beliefs about family planning, husband’s disapproval, and the availability of contraceptives elsewhere were found to be the major deterrents to the use of family planning by women in this study. This research shows the need for campaigns to educate women and men alike on the true advantages and disadvantages of family planning so that they can make informed choices regarding their reproductive health.


Civic and Community Engagement | Family, Life Course, and Society | Maternal and Child Health | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Women's Health


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