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1 in 4   In Sub-Saharan Africa, the family planning needs of one in four women are not being met.

 
Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve maternal health
 

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

 

Indicator 5.6: Unmet need for family planning

 

Worldwide, more than 120 million women aged 15 to 49 who are married or in a union have an unmet need for family planning. In other words, these women have the desire to delay or avoid pregnancy, but are not using any form of contraception.

 

The unmet need for family planning has remained at the same moderate to high level in most regions since 2000, but is highest in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. In those regions, respectively, at least one in four and one in five women of childbearing age who are married or in a union have an unmet need for contraception.

 

The unmet need for family planning is lowest where contraceptive prevalence is already high (above 60 per cent). Yet, even in regions such as South-Eastern Asia and Northern Africa, where contraceptive use is relatively widespread, the family planning needs of at least one in ten women are not being met.

 

Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/files/MDGReport_2011_En.pdf, p. 33