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Type Working Paper
Title Public Perceptions on Family Planning and Birth Spacing in the Cultural and Religious Context of Senegal: A Case Study in Dakar, Senegal
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
URL http://digitalcollections.sit.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2703&context=isp_collection
Much prior research has examined the prevalence rates of family planning and
contraceptive use in Senegal, as well as the importance of family planning for reducing
maternal and infant mortality, improving the well being of families, and improving the
national economy. Few studies, though, have captured the perspectives of Senegalese
persons and their attitudes and beliefs toward family planning, rumors and stigmas that
surround it, and how different actors can work together to dispel rumors and encourage
the use of family planning. I conducted my research in Dakar, Senegal, where I
interviewed a variety of persons – two gynecologists, a public health doctor, a secretary
at a gynecologist’s practice, two Imams, two language teachers, a women’s rights
advocate, and a stay-at-home mother – about their perceptions on family planning. I
asked them too how religious leaders, men, and other actors can be involved, and what
they believe to be the gravest obstacles to expanding the access and quality of family
planning in Senegal. The aim of this study was to both flesh out the quantitative data and
previous studies on family planning in Senegal that already exist, and couple this with the
qualitative perceptions of people from Dakar so that the Senegalese government, NGOs,
and other enterprises can begin to develop the effective strategies for expanding family

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