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Literature review on factors affecting the utilization of family planning services among women living with HIV in Tanzania


Document type: mthesis
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Abstract: BACKGROUND: Despite known advantages of family planning (FP) services, there has been a slow increase in uptake of services in Tanzania. HIV positive women have limited access to FP services. Governments’ policies and guidelines have ensured access to free Reproductive Health (RH) and FP services. Several challenges contributed to low uptake of family planning services in HIV positive women. OBJECTIVE: To determine relevant factors affecting the utilization of FP services among women living with HIV and provide recommendations to improve the uptake of FP services. METHOD: Literature review done on utilization of family planning services among HIV positive women in Tanzania and SSA. FINDINGS: A combination of factors contributes to low uptake of FP services in HIV positive women these includes policy and services delivery related factors studied focused on public, private, private for profit providers. Unavailability of FP guideline is among challenges observed that are within government capacity to improve RH services including FP to HIV positive women. Other factors were related to clients and community. Knowledge on FP services is importance to HIV positive women is a major issue. CONCLUSION: In spite efforts by the government to improve access to FP services, women living with HIV are not targeted. It is important for the government to replicate efforts of FP implementing partners and roll out FP services to HIV positive women. RECOMMENDATION: The government should reinforce RH policy to ensure FP services to HIV positive women and educate community on benefits of modern FP to HIV positive women.
Authors: Lyatuu, J.G.
Country: Tanzania, United Republic of
Category: Research
Department: Development, Policy and Practice
Institute: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Keywords: government , HIV and AIDS , reproductive health , women
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Organization: VU - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
PAGE: viii, 48
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute [etc.]
Year: 2012
Region: East Africa
Right: © 2012 Lyatuu
Subject: Health and Nutrition
Title: Literature review on factors affecting the utilization of family planning services among women living with HIV in Tanzania
Training: Master of Public Health