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Izugbara C.,African Population and Health Research Center Inc. | Izugbara C.,University of Witwatersrand | Izugbara C.,Gothenburg University | Izugbara C.,University of Uyo | Egesa C.,African Population and Health Research Center Inc.
International Journal of Sexual Health | Year: 2014

Objectives: This study probed both the meanings women ascribe to their unwanted pregnancies and the drivers of their choices in relation to the management of such pregnancies. Methods: Cross-sectional qualitative in-depth individual interviews were conducted with 80 women and girls in Nairobi, Kenya. Results: Gender, livelihoods, morality, marital status, and male partners exerted extensively complex and multidimensional influence on women's management of their unintentional pregnancies. For instance, although gender norms were frequently invoked to justify terminating unwanted pregnancies, they also regularly provided strong motivations for carrying such pregnancies to term. Conclusions: Urgently needed are programs and policies that support women to avoid unwanted pregnancies and help them respond safely and pragmatically to such pregnancies when they occur. © 2014 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

Kabiru C.W.,African Population and Health Research Center Inc. | Izugbara C.O.,African Population and Health Research Center Inc. | Beguy D.,African Population and Health Research Center Inc.
BMC International Health and Human Rights | Year: 2013

A third of sub-Saharan Africa's (SSA) population comprises persons aged 10-24 years. These youth are growing up in a context marked by pervasive poverty, limited educational opportunities, high HIV/AIDS prevalence, widespread conflict, and weak social controls. Published research on the broad issues that affect youth health and wellbeing in SSA is limited and centers heavily on sexual and reproductive health. In this commentary, we provide a broad overview of sub-Saharan African youth, highlight research gaps with respect to youth health and wellbeing, and describe potential avenues to develop the region's research capacity on youth health and wellbeing. © 2013 Kabiru et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. Source

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