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Table 2 Current contraceptive use and unmet need for contraception for women aged 15–19 in 14 developing countries 1,2,3

From: Contraception for adolescents in low and middle income countries: needs, barriers, and access

Region Unmarried, sexually active women 15-19a Currently married women 15-19
  Current use Unmet needb Current use Unmet needb
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ghana, 2008 42 53 14 62
Mali, 2006 21 63 8 35
Tanzania, 2010 40 48 15 16
Zimbabwe, 2010-2011 24 64 36 19
Middle East/North Africa
Egypt, 2008 - - 23 7
Jordan, 2009 - - 27 8
Morocco, 2003-04 - - 38 10
South East Asia/East Asia/Central Asia
Azerbaijan, 2006 Too few Too few 6 16
Bangladesh, 2011 Too few Too few 47 17
Cambodia, 2010 Too few Too few 27 16
India, 2005-06 - - 13 27
Latin America/Caribbean
Dominican Republic, 2007 41 47 46 27
Haiti, 2012 28 67 26 57
Peru, 2012 64 34 67 19
  1. aIncluding currently unmarried female adolescents that had sex in the past 3 months.
  2. bThe calculation of the unmet need for family planning is based on responses to 15 questions and was recently revised. See Bradley et. al for complete definition (Bradley S, Trevor EK, Croft N, Fishel JD, Westoff CF. Revising Unmet Need for Family Planning. DHS Analytical Studies No. 25. Calverton, Maryland, USA: ICF International; 2012. Available from: http://www.measuredhs.com/pubs/pdf/AS25/AS25%5B12June2012%5D.pdf).
  3. 1 Key: % among each category.
  4. 2 Source: The most recent DHS for each country, ICF International, 2003–2012.
  5. 3“Too few” indicates too few cases to calculate estimate; ‘-’indicates no data available.
  6. Note: The criteria used within the Demographic and Health Surveys programme to identify women with unmet need for family planning have recently been revised (Bradley et al., 2012).
  7. Women are considered to have unmet need for spacing if they are:
  8. • At risk of becoming pregnant, not using contraception, and either do not want to become pregnant within the next two years, or are unsure if or when they want to become pregnant.
  9. • Pregnant with a mistimed pregnancy.
  10. • Postpartum amenorrheic for up to two years following a mistimed birth and not using contraception.
  11. Women are considered to have unmet need for limiting if they are:
  12. • At risk of becoming pregnant, not using contraception, and want no (more) children.
  13. • Pregnant with an unwanted pregnancy.
  14. • Postpartum amenorrheic for up to two years following an unwanted birth and not using contraception.