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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 88-93

Community knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding birth registration among women of childbearing age in Akure, Nigeria

1 Department of Community Medicine, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Nigeria
2 Department of Public Health Nursing, Ondo State College of Health Technology, Akure, Nigeria

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Dr. Wasiu Olalekan Adebimpe
Department of Community Medicine, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/LJMS.LJMS_55_18

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Background/Aim: Data on birth registration (BR) is needed in planning and monitoring performance of social interventions and health outcomes. An estimated 230 million children worldwide have never had their births registered and are exposed to social and human rights abuses. The objective of this study was to assess community knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding BR among women of childbearing age in Akure metropolis, Nigeria. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out among 456 eligible mothers selected using multistage sampling techniques. Research instrument used was a semi-structured pretested interviewer-administered questionnaire. Data were analyzed using the SPSS software version 17.0. Results: The mean age of studied respondents was 37.2 ± 7.7 years, 454 (99.6%) were aware of BR. One hundred and fifty-eight (34.6%) were aware of the National Population Commission as the concerned relevant agency of government. About 27.0% had inadequate mean composite knowledge, only 32.0% had favorable mean attitude scores, while 109 (23.9%) had their children <11 years registered at birth. Predictors of good practice of BR include having formal education, delivery within a health facility, having adequate knowledge, and favorable attitude scores to BR. Conclusion: Good awareness and knowledge, but the poor practice of BR characterized mothers under the study, and this suggests a need for improved sensitization of mothers by relevant stakeholders and removal of barriers to the practice of BR.

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