Explore the role of public and private sources of care
The data used in this tool come from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program. For a detailed explanation of the indicators and surveys of the DHS program, go to dhsprogram.com/data.
Private Sector Counts – Family Planning includes data from 37 low- and middle-income countries. All USAID Population and Reproductive Health priority countries, Ouagadougou partnership countries, and FP2020 countries that have a DHS from 2012 or later are included. The full list of countries and surveys is below.
All DHS data used in the family planning analysis are reported by women who were asked if they are currently doing anything or using a method to avoid pregnancy. If women are using a modern method, they are then asked where they obtained the method the last time.
For 32 countries, the tool includes the two most recent surveys for each country, allowing users to make comparisons over time. New data spans from 2012 to 2018. Old data spans from 2004-2013. In five countries (Afghanistan, Gambia, Myanmar, Togo, and Yemen), only one survey is included, as no prior survey exists or has been conducted since 2000. The full list of countries and surveys is below.
This analysis excludes results when the sample size is below 50 respondents (unweighted). When this occurs, country results will not appear on the data visualization.
Use the download icon at the bottom of each visualization to download a PDF of the visualization or an Excel file of the raw data by selecting the “Crosstab” option. To enable the Excel “Crosstab” option, click on the visualization first.
Sources of modern contraceptives - The sources where modern contraceptive users reported obtaining their methods are grouped into public sector, private sector, or other. Private sources are further divided into four categories (see below).
Modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) - The percentage of all women of reproductive age (15-49) who are currently using one or more modern methods of contraception.
Methods of modern contraception - Male condoms, oral contraceptive pills, injectables (DMPA), intrauterine devices (IUDs), implants, and sterilization (male and female). This analysis excludes Lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) and the DHS’s category of “other modern” methods, as source is not systematically asked for these methods. “Other modern” methods includes female condoms, diaphragms, foam, jelly, Standard Days Method, and any other modern methods specifically asked about in the DHS questionnaire.
Short-acting Methods (SAMs) - Male condoms, oral contraceptive pills, and injectables (DMPA).
Long-acting reversible and permanent methods (LAPMs) - Implants, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and sterilization.
Country estimates - The unit of analysis is all women of reproductive age (15-49), except where noted under marital status. Country estimates were calculated using sampling weights provided by the DHS.