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Expanding long-acting and permanent contraceptive use in sub-Saharan Africa to meet FP2020 goals.pdf

Expanding long-acting and permanent contraceptive use in sub-Saharan Africa

Meeting our FP2020 goals

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There is a large unmet need for contraceptives in sub-Saharan Africa, a region that has a high fertility rate coupled with a desire among women to space and limit their number of births. 

Short-term family planning methods have traditionally been used in the region, and long-acting reversible contraceptives and permanent contraceptive methods (LARC/PM) have been under-utilised despite their effectiveness and low cost. To increase women’s contraceptive choice and address the unmet need in sub-Saharan Africa, Marie Stopes International has implemented a cross-country LARC/PM expansion programme. This study evaluated the effectiveness of the programme in expanding access to a range of LARC/PM and addressing the unmet need in 11 sub-Saharan African countries between 2008 and 2012.

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