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Fall 2016

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Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology


Population growth is a large problem, both globally and at local levels. The global population is growing at an unsustainable rate, particularly in developing nations. Tanzania, as a developing nation, is one of the fastest growing countries in the world, and as a result, faces many hardships related to high population. The Tanzanian government, non-governmental organizations, and private institutions have made attempts to address these concerns by encouraging family planning. Even so, the national population continues to rise. Many social and cultural factors have contributed to this phenomenon. This study was performed in the Women’s Clinic at Sanitas Hospital in the Mikocheni district of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Results have shown that the usage rate of proven effective family planning methods is alarmingly low, even when women have full access to family planning information and resources. Family planning access and education was not proven to have an effect on the usage rate of proven effective family planning methods. This study has revealed the key contributors to family planning education and the spread of family planning information, as well as the key social and cultural concerns that women have regarding family planning use. Family planning initiatives could be improved by taking women’s opinions into account, using information from studies such as this.


African Studies | Family Medicine | Health and Physical Education | Health Policy | Medical Education | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Public Health Education and Promotion | Women's Health


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