Access to "Jiggasha program: a family planning communication approach" and its exposure to the selected background characteristics

Hossain, M. W., Khan, Hafiz T. A. and Begum, A. (1999) Access to "Jiggasha program: a family planning communication approach" and its exposure to the selected background characteristics. JOPSOM (Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine), 18 (1). pp. 7-15. ISSN 1012-8697

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Abstract

This paper studies the effectiveness of "Jiggasha," an innovative communication approach for the promotion of family planning in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Data from the 1996 Jiggasha follow-up survey were used, which gathered information by interviewing a network sample of 1862 married women and a subsample of 608 men. The study used the sample constituted by women respondents and included data on socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the respondents and their knowledge, attitude and practice relating to contraceptives. Findings showed that Jiggasha respondents have more access to radio than television. All respondents reported having a radio in their homes and they emphasized the importance of broadcasting more family planning messages via both electronic media. Only 16% of the women in the study setting were exposed to group meetings. Of the respondents reporting participation in group meetings, 38.25% joined in a Jiggasha meeting, 23.15% in a Grameen Bank group meeting, and 4.70% in a Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee group meeting. Logistic regression analysis indicated more access to Jiggashas among women over 30 years of age than among the younger age groups. Religion and education levels of respondents have significant impact on access to Jiggashas. Husbands' approval plays an important role among the Jiggasha respondents in using family planning method. This study provides important information for policy-makers to make family planning program a success.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 11389
Depositing User: Shrikant Chavan
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 06:39
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2017 12:07
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11389

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