Friday, March 29, 2013

Unmet need for family planning

Definition: The percent with an unmet need for family planning is the number of women with unmet need for family planning expressed as a percentage of women of reproductive age who are married or in a union. Women with unmet need are those who are fecund and sexually active but are not using any method of contraception, and report not wanting any more children or wanting to delay the birth of their next child.

Based on: Westoff C.F and L. H. Ochoa (1991). Unmet Need and the Demand for Family Planning, DHS Comparative Studies No. 5. Calverton, Maryland: Macro International; and Westoff C.F. and Bankole A. (1995). Unmet need: 1990-1994. DHS Comparative Report No. 16, Calverton, Maryland: Macro International.

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