New Measurement Report Shows Demand for Contraception Continues to Grow

By Onyi Ijeh, Communications Coordinator 

FP2030 is pleased to announce the launch of the new digital FP2030 Measurement Report. 2022 marked the 10-year anniversary of the pivotal London Summit that galvanized the family planning movement, and a decade later, the latest data shows demand for contraception has continued to grow. Today, an estimated 371 million women are using a modern method of family planning, 87 million more than over a decade ago. In 2021, the use of voluntary modern contraception averted more than 141 million unintended pregnancies, 29 million unsafe abortions, and almost 150,000 maternal deaths. 

“The demand for family planning is real,” according to FP2030 Executive Director, Dr. Samukeliso Dube, “[it’s] a natural result of women’s desire to control their own bodies and shape their own destinies. Women and girls seek out modern contraception because it is the key that unlocks their lives.” 

While still including some global measurement data and trends, the 2022 Measurement Report also takes a specific look at one region: sub-Saharan Africa. This year’s report analyzes 15 FP2030 commitment-making countries in the region to explore whether country commitments accurately reflect opportunities to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes. The report also analyzes a decade of donor government funding, as well as highlights on domestic government expenditures and total expenditures on family planning. 

We hope you’ll join us and our partners at Track 2020 and Kaiser Family Foundation January 26 for a webinar to dive further into the report. The 2022 Measurement Report is available in three languages, English, French, and Spanish. All additional data resources, including full estimate tables, country data sheets, and interactive dashboards are available in the Resources section of the report. (Read full report) 

The 2022 Measurement Report tells this story of the evolution of the FP2030 Partnership by reflecting on the past 10 years, while keeping an eye for the future, and a renewed focus on the lived experiences of those who use family planning services. FP2030 continues to affirm that contraception is not just for those who can afford it, or those who are married, or those whose sex matches their identity, but for anyone who wants to use it. But how do we ensure person centered care is focused on those who we intend to reach? Data. 

This is why the findings in this year’s report, highlighting 15 FP2030 commitment makers from sub-Saharan Africa, are particularly valuable. These 15 countries have large and growing adolescent and youth populations that will soon enter their reproductive years, driving up the demand for family planning services. The data show young married women aged 15-24 in the region rely on short acting contraceptive methods such as the oral contraceptive pill, and obtain their methods from government facilities, while most unmarried sexually active women aged 15-24 rely on condoms and obtain their contraceptive methods from private health sources. This is why person-centered care that focuses on the lived experiences and real needs of women and girls, throughout the life cycle, is so crucial to expanding the use of modern, voluntary family planning.  

However, for countries to realize their family planning goals, resilient, reliable financing is crucial. FP2030 data partners track resource flows across the sector, including donor disbursements, domestic expenditures, and total family planning spending, to gain more clarity on who received and donates family planning resources, and what it is being spent. In 2021, bilateral donor funding totaled $1.39 billion, domestic government expenditures were estimated at $1.57 billion, and total expenditures on family planning was estimated at $4.2 billion.  

The report shows significant progress, but there is still so much work to be done as the demand for family planning continues to grow. FP2030 believes that data continues to be invaluable in uncovering the complexity of this demand by tracking patterns to better understand family planning use and unmet need and to shine a light on opportunities for greater progress.