Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Unmet need for family planning


Despite the increases in contraceptive use, there remain significant gaps between women's desire to delay or avoid having children and their actual use of contraception – the unmet need for family planning. Although data are not available for all countries, in the WHO African Region, unmet need was 25% in 2010. This means that in this region, one in every four women 15-49 who is married or in union has an unmet need for family planning.