Utilisation of family planning services at the teaching hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.


In the whole of 1993, there were a total of 1533 new clients who attended the family planning clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Central Teaching Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. They formed 23.0% of the total client-visits for the year. 305 women had surgical contraception (bilateral tubal ligation) for various reasons, but mainly on request for family limitation. The ages of the new clients ranged from 15 to 49 years. Adolescents (< 20 years old) formed only 9.0%, while those aged > 35 years formed 22.0%. Their parity ranged from 0 to 11, with 58.0% of them being para 1 to 4. The grandmultiparae (para > 5) formed 31.0%. The oral pill was the most favoured method (42.0%), followed by depo-provera (31.0%) and sterilisation (21.0%). Though the majority of the clients who chose the oral pill were aged less than 30 years, about 6.0% were aged > 35 years. Likewise about 15.0% of those who took oral pills were para > 5, i.e. grandmultiparae. These are women who should have either stopped producing a long time back or been counselled to have tubal ligation rather than these temporary methods, when seen in the clinic then. Amongst all the client-visits for the year, oral pill and depo-provera were the two most popular methods, 42.0% and 41.0%, respectively. The ratio, between the clients who discontinued the method they were on and the new clients was 1:6.8, and that of drop-out/new clients was 1:2.4, which are quite high. The rate of absenteeism was also high at 29.0% of the total client-visits.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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@article{Lema1994UtilisationOF, title={Utilisation of family planning services at the teaching hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.}, author={Valentino M. Lema and Laban Mtimavalye and E E Gondwe}, journal={East African medical journal}, year={1994}, volume={71 11}, pages={703-11} }