Through efforts like Family Planning 2020, contraception has become a focal point of global health initiatives.
But uptake is uneven across age groups. A new JAMA study found that the prevalence of unmet need for family planning was 50.8% among adolescents (ages 15-19), compared to just 36.4% among adult women (ages 20-34).
The findings suggest a need for more age-specific efforts to expand access. Some countries like Nepal have made marked improvements on that front. Nepal launched adolescent-friendly services back in 2008 and scaled up the effort in 2015.
Another study published in PLOS also found uneven progress between countries when it comes to meeting contraceptive need. Among the 1.9 billion women of reproductive age worldwide in 2019:
- 1.1 billion have demand for family planning
- 842 million of them are using modern contraception
- 270 million have an unmet need for modern methods