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1 in 10     In sub-Saharan Africa, 1 in 10 adolescent women use contraception.

Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Target 5B: Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health


Indicator 5.3: Contraceptive prevalence rate


In sub-Saharan Africa, contraceptive use among adolescents – at 1 in 10 – is substantially lower than that of all women of reproductive age, though they have similar levels of unmet need (25 per cent). This was the conclusion drawn from data available for 22 countries, which looked at contraceptive use among women aged 15 to 19 who were married or in a union.


Thus, the percentage of adolescents who have their demand for contraception satisfied is much lower than that of all women aged 15 to 49. This disparity in access has changed little according to data from the same sources for earlier periods, pointing to scant progress in improving access to reproductive health care for adolescents.


Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011.

Reference:, p. 34