Uneven Progress

While some African countries have made strides in prevalence of contraceptive use, Africa still lags the world in access to family planning. According to the 2016 Atlas of African Health Statistics, 24% of married women ages 15-49 have unmet contraceptive needs.

Among the countries that have invested in family planning and seen progress is Ethiopia, whose average birth rate fell to 4.6 live births per woman in 2016. The country has made contraceptives available, trained health workers, and educated men and women.

But in many African nations, public health officials face numerous barriers to meeting demand for contraceptives, including lack of stock, insufficient funding, and political and cultural challenges.

Source: Bulletin of the World Health Organization

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