Influence of “Ireti Eda” radio program on family planning uptake by women of reproductive age in Akinyele LGA of Oyo state.
The study assessed the knowledge of women in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State about “IretiEda” radio program on family planning, and their attitude toward “IretiEda” radio program. The study also identified the types of family planning messages respondents received from the radio and determined the women’s uptake of modern family planning methods attributable to “IretiEda” radio program. These were with a view to improving Family Planning uptake by women of reproductive age in Akinyele LGA of Oyo State. The study was a cross sectional descriptive survey that employed both quantitative and qualitative research design. Multistage sampling technique was used to select 300 women of reproductive age (15-49 years) who are radio listeners from Akinyele LGA. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to elicit information on socio-demographic characteristics, knowledge about “IretiEda” radio program, attitude towards the radio program and its influence on respondents’ Family Planning uptake. Focus Group Discussion sessions were conducted in two wards, which involved two groups of women; the younger ones (15-24 years) and the older ones (25-49 years). Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics on SPSS version 23 software. The level of significance was determined at p less than 0.05. The results showed that 70.0% of the respondents had a good knowledge of the “IretiEda” programme. Ninety-six percent had a positive attitude toward the radio program. Family planning messages received by the respondents from the radio are Jingles/advert (54.4%), playlet (32.6%), call and response (13.0%). The study showed that the uptake of modern family planning methods increased from 40% to 43.3% after exposure to “IretiEda” program. Twenty-eight percent of the women not exposed to the radio program, reported using modern family planning methods while the proportion of women exposed to the program and reported using modern family planning methods is 43.3%. The factors that were significantly associated with modern Family Planning methods uptake after exposure to “IretiEda” radio program included age (χ2=25.454, p=0.000), marital status (χ2=10.646, p=0.005), and number of living children (χ2=15.119, p=0.002). The study concluded that exposure to “IretiEda” radio program on Family Planning increased uptake of modern Family Planning methods by women in the reproductive age group (χ2=20.218, p= 0.002).