Global Contraceptive Commodity Gap Analysis

The political commitment to expanding access to family planning has never been so strong or so widespread. Universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including for family planning, is one of the targets of the Social Development Goals. Ninety-three governments, donors, civil society organizations, and other partners have made formal commitments to the FP2020 initiative.

In this environment it is imperative that we address these critical questions. We cannot expand access to family planning without producing and providing larger quantities of high quality contraceptive supplies that will meet women’s diverse needs and preferences.

None of the questions lend themselves to simple answers. Fortunately, our community has developed a rich array of methodologies and data sources. Unfortunately, they can lead to a proliferation of seemingly conflicting findings and confusing, or even contradictory, messages.