Determinants of Modern Family Planning Methods Utilisation Among South Sudanese Refugee Women Aged 15–49 Years in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement

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Uganda Christian University
Introduction: This study explored factors that influenced uptake of modern contraceptives among the group of South Sudanese refugee women of childbearing age in Kiryandongo Refugee settlement. Methodology: An analytical cross sectional mixed study was carried out amidst 312 women of childbearing age by administering structured questionnaire from Kobo collect tool to them. Key informants were interviewed for the qualitative arm. Data collection was conducted from July to August 2023; STATA software version 14 was used for analysis and thematic content analysis. Results: The study revealed that 22.1percent of the South Sudanese women of childbearing age used contraceptives methods. Tribe, monthly income of the respondents with [P-value, 0.001)], and [P-value (0.003)] respectively were found to be individual factors related to usage. Availability of the services [P-value (0.035) <0.05)], women who discuss with partners about modern FP [P-value (0.005) <0.05)], self-decision making for the FP method used [P-value (0.023) <0.05)], comfortability with the FP service delivery environment [P-value (0.002) <0.05)] were the respondent and health facility determinants associated with current uptake of the modern contraception method. Conclusions: our findings show a low uptake of modern contraceptive methods amongst South Sudanese women of childbearing age as compared to the current contraceptive use in Uganda which is 38% (UDHS, 2022). Recommendations: There is need to improve the outreaches within the settlement to give more information about the usefulness of FP also and provide FP services. Implement Counselling for refugees within the camp to encourage good decision making on uptake.