Mohamed Doumbia: Dynamiques sociales et stratégies de gestion de la fécondité en milieu urbain défavorisé

PhD-thesis within the framework of the NCCR North-South, University of Cocody, Abidjan, co-supervised by Prof Marcel Tanner, Swiss Tropical Institute (2007)

The general objective of the study is the better understanding of reproductive dynamics in precarious neighborhoods of the municipality of Yopougon in Abidjan, where fecundity rate is high and contraception is not commonly practiced. On the one hand, it looks at the different perceptions associated to fecundity and gender and analyzes the relation between fecundity regulation strategies and gender relations. On the other hand, the access to and the use of reproductive health services and family planning are assessed. Results show that gender roles and ideals influence reproductive dynamics. Family planning and modern contraceptive practices are widely known, still contraceptive methods are not systematically used. Findings also evidence the fact that abortion is being adopted as an alternative contraceptive practice.