Met and unmet needs for family planning: The real story for Rwanda and Madagascar

Florence Nyangara, Futures Group
Scott Moreland, Constella Futures

The support for family planning has been declining in recent years leading to an increase in the number of women with unmet needs and consequently unwanted and mistimed pregnancies (UNFPA, 2003). To reverse this trend, the international community is making efforts through initiatives such as “repositioning family planning” to secure additional resources for this vital program. This paper used the most recent DHS data for Rwanda & Madagascar to examine the differentials among groups of users and nonusers/unmet needs(spacers and limiters). This information is necessary for policymakers in understanding if unmet needs are a reflection of lack of acces to family planning services or other factors and help develop relevant and cost-effective programs. The findings show that the unmet or met needs to space or limit are influenced by many factors that go beyond the access to services, such as location and method choices and desire for more children.

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Presented in Poster Session 2