The PRHP faculty and postdoctoral fellows carried out a reproductive health and demographic survey in three collaborating communities (Tsibiri, Dakace and Shika Dam) in 2007.
All heads of households (97% male) and female residents 15 to 49 years old (N=1308) residing in 1,124 households in the surveyed communities were interviewed.
• The majority (93%) of households used a traditional pit toilet and 31% had access to a clean water source (piped or protected well/bore well).
• More than three fourths of households (80%) owned a radio.
• The median age at marriage among women was 14.6 years.
• A majority (81%) of women had experienced their first pregnancy before the age of 20.
• Nearly two thirds (64%) of women had heard of at least one contraceptive method, including folk methods; 11% had heard of sterilization; and 9% had heard of birth control pills. Higher levels of educational attainment were associated with greater knowledge of contraception.
• About one tenth (12%) of currently married women had an unmet need for family planning, That is, they either wished to delay the next birth or stop childbearing, but were not using a contraceptive method.