Family Planning Program Effects on Contraceptive Use in Morocco, 1992-1995

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Author(s): Hotchkiss DR

Year: 1998

This study assesses the impact of improvements in public sector family planning services on the prevalence of contraceptive use in Morocco during the 1992-95 period. Data from a panel of women interviewed in both the 1992 and 1995 Morocco Demographic and Health Surveys were used in the study, along with ""program"" data from Service Availability Modules undertaken in conjunction with each survey round. Fixed-effects estimation methods were used to control for the non-random allocation of program resources . The results indicate that changes in the family planning supply environment, in particular increased presence of nurses trained in family planning at public clinics, played a significant role in the increased use of modern contraceptives during the study period. However, program efforts to broaden the mix of contraceptive methods used by Moroccan women were less successful.

Filed under: Health Facilities , Contraception