What Helped Improve Pakistan's Family Planning Program in the Last 5 Years?

04th July 2014

What Helped Improve Pakistan's Family Planning Program in the Last 5 Years?
While CPR increased from 30% to 35%, modern methods increased from 22% to 24.7% only (LAM was included in modern methods but for comparison with DHS 2006-7, we counted it among traditional methods). There was a net DECREASE in the contribution of modern methods to the method mix. Overall rate of CPR change is around 1% annually.

These changes suggest that the overall users of FP increased from 6 to 9 million; users of modern methods from 5.1 to 6.2 million; and women that availed any FP service/ method within the past year (the actual quantum of FP services available in Pakistan) increased from 2.9 to 3.7 million women. 

The share of FP services that was provided by the public sector increased from 0.95 to 1.17 million women or around 35% of the total. Self procurement from shops increased from 1.06 to 1.12 million (35%) and that provided by NGOs or private providers increased from 0.44 to 1.29 million. In fact the net increase in FP services of 0.7 million is roughly equal to the increase in the number of women served by NGOs, while the contribution of the public sector and self-procurement remained unchanged. 

Short term methods continue to be extremely popular and account for around 60% of all modern methods.

These are described in detail in RADS Policy Brief #43

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