Family Planning in South-East Asia
Family Planning is central to securing good health and autonomy of women. Family planning allows individuals and couples to have the desired number of children and to plan the spacing of pregnancies. It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of infertility. A woman's ability to space and limit her pregnancies has a direct impact on her survival, health and well-being as well as on the outcome of each pregnancy. Family planning enables a woman to prevent unintended pregnancy, thus reduces the need for unsafe abortion. This document contains country-wise fact sheets on the current situation of family planning services in countries of the South-East Asia Region. It also addresses challenges and opportunities at national level in family planning programme. The available national level informational on contraceptive prevalence rate, unmet need, adolescent fertility and current efforts at national level, has been collated for each member country of South-East Asia Region.