Utilization of family Planning services by female adolescents of Kawama East compound in Mufulira, Zambia was investigated in this study. Utilization of family Planning by female adolescents is vital because it can save lives of babies and their mother.
This was an analytical quantitative cross sectional study done on 408 participants selected by systematic sampling in 18 zones. Data was collected using researcher administered questionnaire and analyzed with the Statistical Package for Social Science version 20. A p-value of ≤ 0.05 was considered statistically significant using Chi square test.
The study revealed low levels of utilization (34 %). Contributory factors included educational background (p-value=0.033), state of service delivery (p-value<0.010), religious denomination (p-value<0.010) and cultural beliefs (p-value<0.010). These were all statistically significant with utilization of the service.
There is low utilization of family Planning services among female adolescents of Kawama East compound of Mufulira District. The study also revealed a significant association between socio-demographic factors and Family Planning. The findings will raise awareness and influence use of the services. Therefore, it is recommended that Ministries of Health and Higher Education should work together to establish Youth Friendly Services at local schools and engage wider community through mass and peer campaign strategies.
Keywords : Utilization, Family planning, Female, Adolescents.
Utilisation of Family Planning Services by Female Adolescents of Kawama East Compound in Mufulira District, Copperbelt, Zambia