Empowerment of women in union and use of reproductive health services in Cameroon

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Empowerment of women in union and use of reproductive health services in Cameroon

The objective of this note is to examine the relationship between the empowerment of women in union and the use of reproductive health services. From the analyses of the 2004, 2011 and 2018 DHS data used, it appears that the percentage of autonomous women increased over the 2004-2018 period in Cameroon. The analysis of the use of modern contraceptives, use of antenatal care by a skilled provider, antenatal visits during the first term of pregnancy, effectiveness of at least four antenatal visits, delivery in a health establishment or use of postnatal care within two days after childbirth, shows that the level of use of
reproductive health services gradually increases as empowerment of women in union increases. In addition, conventional variables for measuring the status of women (notably education and employment status) have emerged as important factors positively associated with the use of reproductive health services in Cameroon.

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