Country-specific data on the contraceptive needs of adolescents

Post date: March 2017

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health 2016–20302 have placed renewed emphasis on understanding and addressing the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents. Although they are the largest cohort of adolescents in history, to date, we know relatively little about their contraceptive needs. This is particularly true for unmarried adolescents as data for them are rarely reported, even when collected. As the SDGs and the global strategy require country-level tracking of indicators related to contraception, including met need, a key question is “What can be done to support adolescents to prevent unintended pregnancy?”

To answer this question, we developed country-specific fact sheets describing adolescent contraceptive use and non-use in 58 low- and middle-income countries spanning all six World Health Organization Regions. The data in the fact sheets come from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program, which routinely conducts nationally representative surveys in conjunction with country governments. All data in the fact sheets are publicly available.