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Determinants of multiple partner fertility among males in Uganda: a cross-sectional study
Authors: Douglas Andabati Candia and Ephraim Kisangala
Source: BMC Public Health, 21; DOI:
Topic(s): Fertility
Men's health
Country: Africa
Published: JUL 2021
Abstract: Multiple-partner fertility is a relatively new area of study, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. This study focused on identifying determinants of multiple partner fertility among males in Uganda. The assessment was carried out using a logistic regression model and secondary data from the 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey. Among the males, 42% had children with multiple partners. Older age, being Muslim, and being divorced or separated increased the likelihood of multiple partner fertility whereas residing in the Western region, reporting an age at first sex above 19?years and being married or cohabiting reduced the likelihood. Increase in number of wives or partners and lifetime sex partners resulted into a higher likelihood of multiple partner fertility. There is need to come up with policies and programs aimed at increasing the age at first sex so as to reduce the likelihood of multiple partner fertility among males in Uganda. Government and other stakeholders such as cultural and religious institutions should sensitize and educate the masses on the negative outcomes of having children with multiple partners and promote fidelity for those in marriage. There is also need to increase modern contraceptive use and coverage.