Important gains have been made in access to modern family planning methods in Ethiopia in recent years. The contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) has doubled since 2005, with a modern CPR of 33% in 2014.1,2 However, despite this progress, the CPR remained far below the government’s goal of 65% at the start of the FPwatch project period. Unmet need for contraceptives remained high among married women and higher still among rural, low-income, and young women.3 There was also low use of long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), with the majority of all user using injectables.4

The 2015 family planning outlet survey in Ethiopia complemented concurrent data collection, including surveys conducted by the Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) project in 2014 and the Service Provider Assessment (SPA) conducted by the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program in 2014.  FPwatch focused on 4 regions that comprise 87% of the total population of Ethiopia: Addis Ababa; Amhara; Oromia; and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). Data collection occurred in the summer of 2015, and over 2,000 outlets were included in the study. 

See below for results! 

Data collectors speak with a provider at an outlet in Ethiopia
1 FP2020. 2014. “Ethiopia.” Available from June 3, 2014.
John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. 2014. PMA2014/Ethiopia. 
Guttmacher Institute, Benefits of Meeting the Contraceptive Needs of Ethiopian Women: In Brief 2010 S(1).
Central Statistical Agency & ORC Macro, 2011 Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey, 2012.