PRB Family Planning Data Sheet: Demand for Family Planning Is Rising

June 13, 2008 • Family Planning, News

The worldwide demand for family planning services is growing because of two trends: the burgeoning numbers of young people entering childbearing age and the increasing adoption of contraceptive use. “Either trend would lead to greater demand,” said Toshiko Kaneda, co-author of the Population Reference Bureau’s new data sheet, Family Planning Worldwide 2008, “but the two acting together mean there are likely to be huge increases in the future.” This PRB data sheet presents information about women, fertility rates, and contraceptive methods used in more than 150 countries. It was prepared by Donna Clifton, Toshiko Kaneda, and Lori Ashford.

The growth will be especially strong in some countries. The new data sheet shows that the number of women ages 15 to 49, the primary audience for family planning services, will jump 30 percent, from 8.9 million to 11.6 million, between 2005 and 2015 in Tanzania, for example. However, the number women using modern contraception will grow more, by 90 percent. In Peru, where use is already high and not projected to increase as much, the number of modern contraceptive users will grow from 3.7 million to 4.5 million, primarily because of population growth.

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