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Title:Reproductive health aspirations and unmet needs in urban slums in Ibadan and Kaduna, Nigeria: a qualitative exploration
Editor:Akinyemi, Akanni Ibukun
Periodical:African Anthropologist (ISSN 1024-0969)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:reproductive health
family planning
informal settlements
urban population
Abstract:Reproductive health issues of urban slum dwellers are among the most challenging in Africa. Studies have generally examined this issue across the rural-urban dichotomy, without specific focus on urban slum dwellers. Many of these studies are also mostly quantitative. The authors of this article utilize the qualitative approach to examine the aspirations and challenges of urban dwellers in two Nigerian towns (Ibadan and Kaduna) in the domain of reproductive health. The results confirm that they aspire for smaller-sized families and healthy sexual and reproductive lives but are constrained by religious and sociocultural factors. Idioms associated with their aspiration and experiences were documented. The authors conclude that there is a need to intervene in order to improve the sexual health of urban dwellers. App., bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]