Myanmar has made significant strides in availability and access to modern contraceptive methods in recent years. The modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) increased from 32.8% in 2001 to 45.7% in 2010, yet unmet need for modern family planning methods remained high at 24.2%.1,2 

The Myanmar government plays an active leadership role in national efforts to improve reproductive health. In 2012, the Government of Myanmar committed the nation to the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) Initiative Goal to to enable 120 million additional women and girls to have informed choice and access to family planning information and to a range of modern contraceptive methods. In 2014, the Myanmar governement completed a health facility survey looking at the availability of family planning and reproductive health commodities in the public sector.3 However, high quality evidence related to the private sector provision of modern family planning methods remained limited. 

FPwatch data collection in Myanmar complemented the recent family planning and reproductive health facility assessment conducted within the Myanmar public sector as well as population-based FRHS, MICS, and IHLCS surveys. 

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Woman shows another woman oral contraceptives in a clinic in Myanmar

1. Myanmar Ministry of Immigration and Population, Department of Population and UNFPA. 2004. Myanmar Fertility and Reproductive Health Survey, 2001. Accessed via on 30 March, 2017. 

2. Myanmar Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, Myanmar Ministry of Health and UNICEF. 2011. Myanmar Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2009 - 2010. Accessed via on 30 March, 2017. 

3. Myanmar Ministry of Health and UNFPA. 2015. 2014 Facility Assessment for Reproductive Health Commodities and Services. Accessed via  on 30 March, 2017. 

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