Availability of contraceptive methods in Greek refugee camps: Their application and acceptance based on questionnaires
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Department of Medicine, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Eriketi A Kokkosis   

Department of Medicine, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A120
Currently, there are limited national statistics on the use of modern contraceptive methods among refugee populations in many low-income settings. However, there is evidence that many refugee women face serious reproductive health challenges such as unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and unsafe abortions1.

Material and Methods:
For the purpose of this research, a questionnaire that examines the views of refugee women of different ages has been used in order to research the availability of contraceptive methods in refugee camps. The average time to complete the questionnaire is 15-20 minutes. The collected questionnaire data were coded and processed using SPSS statistics program in order to analyze and present the research results.

At the time of research, a 79.2% of the respondents stated that they have used a contraceptive method in their lifetime, with male condoms (48,3%) being the most popular method. A 60% reported current use of contraception suggested to them by a midwife and a 65.8% stated that the specific contraceptive method they currently use, was provided by an NGO.

This survey was conducted among refugee populations from Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Congo, Palestine and Kuwait. However, for an effective policy of intervention within the refugee camps in Greece, the findings from other refugee groups or populations regarding perceptions, attitudes and experiences on family planning may be more revealing to the current reality regarding the status of use of contraceptives and the acceptance of these methods by refugees in general.

World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers. 3rd ed. World Health Organization; 2018
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