1991 Belize Family Health Survey final report.

Type Report
Title 1991 Belize Family Health Survey final report.
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1992
URL http://www.popline.org/node/319571
This report contains the findings of the 1991 Belize Family Health Survey, which examined the following: fertility; attitudes towards childbearing;knowledge, use and source of contraception; unmet need for family planning services; use of and potential demand for surgical contraception; use of maternal and child health services; breastfeeding and weaning practices; immunization levels; child mortality and morbidity; and knowledge of AIDS. From January 15-February 19, 1991, the Ministry of Finance's Central Statistical Office surveyed 2656 women 15-44 years of age. Total fertility rate (TFR) measured 4.5. Among women of high socioeconomic status, TFR measured 2.7, compared to 6.7 among low socioeconomic status women. Ideal family size was estimated at 3.4 children. 95% of those women surveyed had knowledge of contraception, while 47% of women in a union reported using contraception at the time of the survey. Female sterilization accounted for 40% of all contraceptive use. 95% of the women reported receiving prenatal care, but only 40% indicated receiving a postpartum checkup. 90% of children under 24 months had been breastfed; the mean duration of breastfeeding was 12 months. Overall vaccination coverage for children 9-59 months of age was 75%, but only 47% of children had been completely immunized before their first birthday. Infant mortality was estimated at 42 deaths/1000 live births. 97% of the women reported having heard of AIDS. And while 90% of the women knew of the modes of transmission, only 2% of the women who believed themselves to be at risk of contracting AIDS were found to be using condoms properly. - See more at: http://www.popline.org/node/319571#sthash.mt54KSHR.dpuf

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