Meeting Demand for Modern Contraception: Role of the Private Sector
Improving access to family planning is critical to improving maternal and child health outcomes, and it requires the engagement of the public and private sectors. In much of the developing world, a large number of clients rely on the private sector as their source of family planning. The private sector includes a wide range of providers who are at the front lines of providing health care to millions. With an introduction by Susan Mitchell, project director, this brief analyzes DHS data over 20 years and shows that global increases in the modern contraceptive prevalence rate are largely due to short-acting methods.