The Lancet recently published a comprehensive report titled “National, regional, and global rates and trends in contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for family planning between 1990 and 2015: a systematic and comprehensive analysis” We recommend reading the full report by clicking through to: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2962204-1/fulltext?_eventId=logout
Below is a short essay written by Kaja Jurczynska, writing for Population Action International, which provides for an introduction to the full study.
By the numbers: Any way you slice it, women need contraception
By Kaja Jurczynska
Last week, a new study out of The Lancet projected that in 2015, 233 million married or in-union women worldwide will have an unmet need for modern family planning.
The bad news: that’s 12 million more women globally since 2010 who want to prevent pregnancy but lack contraception. In fact, without accelerated access to modern methods, the number of women with unmet need in the poorest countries may grow further.
Unmet need itself is nothing new—in 2012, the Guttmacher Institute’s Adding It Up found that 222 million married and unmarried sexually active women in the developing world had an unmet need for modern contraception. Why the difference?
The approaches may not match, but their message is the same: despite increases in contraceptive prevalence, too many women (hundreds of millions of them!) want to prevent pregnancy but lack access to family planning.
To read the full blog post, please click here: http://populationaction.org/2013/03/20/by-the-numbers-any-way-you-slice-it-women-need-contraception/