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The Journey towards Achieving Zero Unmet Need for Modern Family Planning: Re-evaluating Uganda’s efforts

Many women in Uganda would like to limit or delay getting pregnant, but do not have access to consistent use of modern contraceptive methods. In 2016, 28% of the married women had an unmet need for family planning services.  One in every three women who would like to space or stop childbirth, are not accessing contraception. Unmet need for family planning has implications for women and their families, such as unwanted pregnancies, with associated health risks for mothers and children. Unmet need for family planning accounts for 20% of maternal deaths. Increasing access to quality, rights-based contraceptive care is essential in empowering women to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health, and has a direct impact on the reduction of maternal mortality. What can be done differently? This issue brief narrates the journey towards achieving zero unmet need for modern family planning and provides recommendations.