A new study published in The Lancet analyses trends in Contraceptive use among married or in union women of reproductive age in the focus countries of the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) initiative. The goal of FP2020 is to reach an additional 120 million users of contraception by 2020.

The work involved an update to the Family Planning Estimation Tool (FPET), which was subsequently used to construct estimates, and projections of the modern contraceptive prevalence rate, unmet need for, and demand satisfied with modern methods of contraception among women of reproductive age who are married or in a union in 68 of the world’s poorest countries which are the focus of FP2020. The researchers assessed current levels of these family planning indicators as well as changes between 2012 and 2017 and provided a counterfactual analysis that was used to assess if recent levels of contraceptive use exceeded pre-FP2020 expectations.

The paper’s lead author is Dr. Niamh Cahill, who is affiliated with UCD Mathematics and Statistics.