Sexual and reproductive health

Strengthening health system response: no opportunities missed

Policy brief


WHO, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Front cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 4
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/12.22


Family planning averts maternal and child morbidity and mortality, if couples space their pregnancies at least two years apart. However, on average, two-thirds of women who have not yet completed one year since their last delivery, have an unmet need for contraception. Nearly 40% report they intend to use a method during the next 12 months, but are not currently doing so.