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The effects of health facility access and quality on family planning decisions in urban Senegal

Christopher Cronin (), David K. Guilkey and Ilene S. Speizer

Health Economics, 2018, vol. 27, issue 3, 576-591

Abstract: Research in developing countries is rarely focused on examining how supply side factors affect family planning decisions due to a lack of facility‐level data. When these data exist, analyses tend to focus on rural environments. In this paper, we study the effects that health facility access and quality have on contraceptive use and desired number of children for women in urban Senegal. Unlike related studies focusing on rural environments, we find no evidence that greater access to health facilities and pharmacies increases contraceptive use among urban women. However, we do find that contraceptive use among urban women is higher with greater facility quality. For example, we find that increasing the proportion of pharmacies employing multiple pharmacists from 0% to 50% would increase contraceptive use by 6.0 percentage points, and increasing the proportion of facilities with family planning guidelines/protocols from 50% to 100% would increase use by 2.1 percentage points.

Date: 2018
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