Back to Journals » Open Access Journal of Contraception » Volume 1

Unmet need for family planning in Pakistan – PDHS 2006–2007: It’s time to re-examine déjà vu

Authors Shaikh B

Published 15 October 2010 Volume 2010:1 Pages 113—118


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Download Article [PDF] 

Babar T Shaikh

Population and Reproductive Health Program, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

Abstract: The recent data on unmet need in the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2006–2007 shows a high unmet need for contraceptives, although family planning programs have been in place in this country since the late 1950s. The phenomenon presents a complex picture, as the contraceptive prevalence rate has remained almost unchanged over the last 10 years. To analyze this situation, a novel technique or a new lens would be required. This paper attempts to examine the problem at various levels: users, family, community, health system, other sectors, and the state. A multipronged and multisectoral approach is a prerequisite to institutionalize the family planning services all across the health sector. Studying health-seeking behaviors and conducting health systems research have the potential of delivering the desired recipe to address the high unmet need for family planning in Pakistan.

Keywords: health-seeking behaviors, health systems research

Creative Commons License This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.

Download Article [PDF]