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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2017, Article ID 7257042, 6 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/7257042
Research Article

Contraceptive Methods Accessed in Volta Region, Ghana, 2009–2014

1National Public Health Institute of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia
2Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, Department of Epidemiology and Disease Control, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
3Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Program, Monrovia, Liberia

Correspondence should be addressed to Himiede W. Wilson; moc.oohay@3liwmihwhw

Received 4 July 2017; Accepted 3 August 2017; Published 7 September 2017

Academic Editor: José María Huerta

Copyright © 2017 Himiede W. Wilson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Introduction. In 2016, Volta Region was one of the two regions in Ghana that recorded a high prevalence of teenage pregnancy, accounting for 15.5% of all adolescent pregnancies in the country. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of contraceptive methods accessed by person, place, and time in Volta Region, Ghana, 2009–2014. Method. We carried out a secondary analysis of contraceptive use data derived from the District Health Information Management System (DHIMS) 2 for Volta Region, between 2009 and 2014. We calculated proportions and described trends. Results. Over the five-year period, there were 673,409 (75.0%) acceptors of family planning out of a total 897, 645 males and females of reproductive age. The proportion of family planning acceptors increased gradually from 18% in 2009 to 23% in 2014. Contraceptive methods were most commonly accessed by male and female between 20 and 29 years. The most common methods of contraceptives accessed were injectables among females accounting for about 70% and condoms accounting for over 90% among males. Conclusion. All the districts in Volta Region did not access contraceptives adequately. The Volta Regional Health Directorate should encourage and support research to ascertain factors influencing uptake of contraceptive methods in all the districts.