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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 27, No. 6, 2009, pp. 784-793
Bioline Code: hn09081
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 27, No. 6, 2009, pp. 784-793

 en Examining Perceptions of Rapid Population Growth in North and South Gondar Zones, Northwest Ethiopia
Alene, Getu Degu & Worku, Alemayehu


Ethiopia is one of the most populous countries in Africa and ranks second only to Nigeria. Rapid population growth has hampered the country’s development, making the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger difficult. This study which had two components-quantitative and qualitative-was aimed at exploring the perceptions of women and other social groups on the prevailing population pressures. The quantitative study involved 3,512 women aged 15-49 years. The qualitative study consisted of five focus-group discussions and six key-informant interviews. Over 90% of women (n=3,512) who participated in the quantitative study and nearly all the focus-group discussants and interviewees (n=39) felt that something should be done to keep the population from growing too fast. Most (over 90%) participants approved of the Government passing a law regarding the maximum number of children that a couple should have. It is, therefore, timely for the responsible bodies to exert maximum effort and commitment in responding to the emerging attitudes of the people by making the population problem a priority.

Cross-sectional studies; Perceptions; Population growth; Ethiopia

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