Family Planning Social Mapping in Ibadan and Kaduna, Nigeria
The aim of this study was to assess urban community members’ perception about their community boundaries, available health facilities and family planning services, as well as identify places of social interaction.
This study was qualitative in design and relied on participatory social mapping data collection activities. A total of 24 community mapping exercises were conducted between September and October 2010. The groups were stratified by sex, age, wealth, and location.
The findings suggest that most respondents were aware of most health facilities in their communities. Men had a more expansive perception of community landmarks – potentially reflecting their greater mobility in the communities. There was little difference in identified places of social interaction when comparing the older and younger female groups. Social spaces identified included community leaders’ palaces and homes, markets, sport grounds, schools, bars, and places of worship.
The study indicated a need to increase awareness about the locally available family planning service sites in Ibadan. Greater awareness of family planning service sites in Ibadan could potentially improve utilization of family planning services in this city, thereby increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate. Community leaders’ compounds appear to be important social entry points into communities for both men and women, young and old.
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