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  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
  3. Background and significance of the study
    1. Aim of the study
    2. Study questions
    3. Research hypotheses
  4. Literature Review
  5. Methodology
    1. Sampling design and target population
    2. Sampling frame
  6. Analysis plan
    1. Descriptive and inferential analysis
    2. Study limitations and threads to validity
  7. Conclusion: Policy implications

Previous research studies reveal that utilization of health services vary systematically among individuals and communities. There are a number of factors that influence the utilization of services, including the availability of services, quality and cost of services, and other social factors. The total fertility rate in the Gaza strip is among the highest rate in the world. In pursuit of reducing the total fertility rate, the MOH and UNRWA offer maternal and children health services and family planning services free of charge. However, the utilization of family planning services is far below.

The goals of this research are to study the factors that determine the utilization of maternal and child health care services, utilization of family planning services, and contraceptive use in the Gaza strip. There are several theoretical reasons to expect a relationship between utilization of maternal and child health services and subsequent increases in family planning services utilization and contraceptive use. Therefore, this study aims to also study the impact of maternal and child health services utilization on the subsequent utilization of family planning.

[...] In their work, which examined the impact of simultaneity in the use of maternal and child health care in developing countries, Ahmed and Mosley found an association between the utilization of MCH services and the use of contraceptive (Ahmed & Mosley, 2002). Furthermore, the findings of their study have proven that families develop a joint demand for high quality health care services and limited family size. The outcomes of this joint demand are more utilization of maternal and child health services for both mothers and children and more use of contraceptives (Ahmed and Mosley, 2002). [...]


[...] In developing countries, many initiatives have launched to encourage utilization of family planning services, including the integration of services for both maternal and child health care (MCH) and family planning. MCH is an essential health care service based on practical, scientifically sound, and socially acceptable methods. Generally, in the majority of developing countries, family planning and MCH services operate under Ministry of Health and the implementation of services takes place in separate organizations without administrative collaboration (Seibera et al., 2005). [...]


[...] Aim of the study The study aims to examine the factors that determine the utilization of MCH services in the Gaza Strip, as well as the utilization of family planning and contraceptive use. Additionally, this study aims to explore the influence of the utilization of MCH services and the subsequent use of family planning methods and the utilization of family planning services. The following section briefly highlights the study questions and hypotheses. Study questions Questions this study will seek to answer: What are the main factors that contribute to utilization of MCH services in the Gaza Strip? [...]

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