Jane Bertrand, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health Systems and Development at Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and Philip Anglewicz, PhD, Assistant professor at the Department of Global Health Systems and Development at Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, contributed to this post.
Findings from the first round of the Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2013 (PMA2013) survey carried out in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo (PDF), show modest gains in key family planning indicators. Since the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) in 2007, the modern contraceptive prevalence rate among married women in Kinshasa has increased from 14.1 to 18.2% in 2013.
The leading modern method among currently married contraceptive users was the male condom (42%), followed by injectables (23%) and pills (16%). Of note, married women in Kinshasa are more likely to use traditional than modern methods.
Unmet need for family planning among married women has increased by 9 percentage points since 2007 from 23.5 to 32.5%, with 8.3% having an unmet need for limiting and 24.2% for spacing. The high unmet need was similar across wealth quintiles.