Family Planning: Magnitude of unmet needs, reasons and reduction strategies

POLICY BRIEF
Family Planning: Magnitude of unmet needs, reasons and reduction strategies

The objective of this brief is to contribute to a better knowledge of family planning (FP) unmet needs in Cameroon and to suggest strategies that can help reduce them. Analysis of the results of demographic and health surveys shows that the percentage of women currently in union, with FP unmet needs has changed a little over the past three decades. Adolescent girls aged 15-19 years and women aged 35-39 years in union are those with the highest unmet needs. Adolescent girls have
spacing needs, while women aged 35-39 years mostly have limitation needs. In contrast, unmet needs are highest among women aged 40-44 years and those aged 45-49 years not in union and sexually active (respectively 39% and 43%). Their needs are basically related to birth limitation. The Ministry of Public Health and its partners must take appropriate measures to make available permanently, contraceptive methods that are adapted to the needs of target subpopulations and to encourage their voluntary use by the latter.

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