FP2020 Midterm Report

For various reasons (due to market and/or social/behavioral barriers), many women and girls in developing countries do not utilize modern contraceptives, despite their intention to delay or prevent pregnancy. Recent estimates put the number of women and girls in developing countries with an unmet need for modern contraceptives at 225 million1. One of the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) initiative’s goals is to reduce this number by over half, by enabling 120 million women and girls to use modern contraceptives by the year 2020.  This year marks the midpoint of the 8 year timeline for the initiative, and the initiative has recently released the FP2020 midterm report.

The broad strokes of the overall progress made are provided in the Executive Summary, where they report that 30.2 million more women and girls are using modern contraceptives than compared to 2012 (this and other stats below in info-graphic from the report).

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From the FP2020 Report Executive Summary

I would encourage anyone interested FPRH to read through different portions of the report, but the BERI team found the Measurement Section the most interesting (Not very surprising based on the emphasis we place on rigorous evaluations here at CEGA). This section provides reports on 17 different “core indicators,” which are country-level statistics FP2020 is using to track progress toward their goals (downloadable data sets here).

Using one of these downloadable data sets, I have created a map (on carto.com) showing estimated proportion women/girls in each country that have an unmet need for modern contraceptive. This map is interesting to peruse and help illustrate the work that is still to be done to reach the goals of FP2020. (Hovering the mouse over each country will display the proportion from the most up to date national survey).

The targeting of adolescents, both boys and girls, for increased utilization of FPRH services has become a priority over the last couple of years. I have also created a map that shows the estimated Adolescent Birth Rate (ABR), for the countries in which FP2020 has data (Again, hovering the mouse over each country will display the ABR from the most up to date national survey). I think visualizations like this really help illustrate the heterogeneity in the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) outcomes of adolescents between countries.

 

Further illustrating the vast differences SRH situations faced by adolescents between countries, see the info-graphic below (form the Youth Section of the report) that shows the median age a which young women experience their first sex, marriage, and birth.

 

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From FP2020: Chapter: 2, Section: Youth

These two visualization really illustrate that FPRH programs/interventions that target adolescents need to be tailored to the specific circumstances in each country (there is no one-size-fits-all approach), and underscores the need for more rigorous research in FPRH interventions focused on adolescents across different contexts.

Read the Complete FP2020 report here

1 Singh S, Darroch JE and Ashford LS, Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2014.