This research brief describes work documented in The Value of Family Planning Programs in Developing Countries (MR-978-WFHF/RF/UNFPA) and Family Planning in Developing Countries: An Unfinished Success Story (IP-176).

Excerpt: Millions of women in developing countries who would prefer to postpone or avoid pregnancy do not use contraceptives. These women have an "unmet need" for contraception. By reducing obstacles to the use of contraception, family planning programs have been successful in addressing unmet need. Programs' principal methods for addressing this need have included emphasizing voluntary acceptance of contraception, educating couples about the range of methods and their possible health risks, and subsidizing the cost of contraceptives.

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