Quality of family planning services delivered at health posts and associated factors

02 August 2020
13 min read
Volume 28 · Issue 8



This study aimed to assess factors associated with quality of family planning services in the Jimma zone, Ethiopia, 2018.


Cross-sectional study was conducted at health posts in the Jimma zone from 13 March to 13 April 2018. Logistic regression analysis was used to identify client satisfaction on family planning services and qualitative data were presented by triangulating with quantitative findings.


Less than 50% of clients were satisfied with family planning services which significantly associated with availability of family planning methods and attending family planning education. Therefore, family planning education and availing different family planning methods is important to improve family planning services at the Jimma zone health posts.

Family planning refers to utilisation of various types of fertility control methods to prevent unwanted pregnancies. It helps individuals or couples to have children in order to assure the well-being of children and parents (FDRE, 2007; Central Statistical Agency [Ethiopia] and ICF International, 2016). Family planning is a part of basic human rights and was endorsed by the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994 (United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA], 2014; Asrade et al, 2018). The modern family planning service in Ethiopia was started by the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia which was established in 1966 (FDRE, 2014).

Family planning is very important for women in the postpartum and post-abortion periods as fertility can return quickly after giving birth if not breastfeeding (USAID, 2005). Family planning helps women and their families to preserve their health and improve the overall quality of their lives. Family planning contributes in improving children's health and ensuring that they have access to adequate food, clothing, housing and educational opportunities. Additionally, it allows families, especially women, to adequately participate in development activities (USAID, 2005; FDRE, 2014; Asrade et al, 2018).

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