New Data From PMA2020/Ethiopia Reveal Increase in use of Long-Acting Family Planning Methods
Data from the fifth and most recent round of the Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) survey in Ethiopia show an increasing proportion of women, married, unmarried, and all, are using highly effective, long-acting forms of contraception, such as implants, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and to a lesser degree sterilization. Over the past three and a half years (since PMA2020’s first survey round in 2014), Ethiopia has made strides in improving family planning access and use among both married and unmarried women. More women are using contraception, they are using contraception at an earlier age, and they are increasingly choosing the most-effective long-acting methods.
The PMA2020 survey has been able to detect the growing popularity of implants and IUDs in Ethiopia. The proportion of married women choosing long-acting methods increased almost 10 percentage points in three years, from 18.2% in 2014 to 27.7% in 2017. The contraceptive implant saw an especially large jump in popularity in all groups. Married women using implants has increased from 15.9% to 23.7% from 2014 to 2017.
Researchers at the Addis Ababa University’s School of Public Health at the College of Health Sciences (AAU/SPH/CHS) held a national data dissemination event on September 7, 2017 to present new results from the PMA2020 annual family planning survey. Dr. Solomon Shiferaw, Principal Investigator for the PMA2020 program in Ethiopia, presented these and other key findings, highlighting trends in contraceptive use, implant removal, and adolescent health.