There is a large unmet need for contraception and family planning worldwide. Family planning and contraceptive use is a particular concern in sub-Saharan Africa due to persistently high rates of HIV/AIDS and a high incidence of maternal mortality. IPA’s research on this topic includes examining incentives to use contraception and how factors like information and gender dynamics influence childbearing choices.


While much progress has been made in global health over the last decade, advancement has been slower on certain key indicators such as maternal mortality. Contraception and family planning can...


Rates of unwanted births and unmet demand for contraception remain high in many countries where men report larger ideal family sizes than their wives.

Limited awareness of risk factors for maternal mortality, particularly among men, may contribute to persistently high death rates in sub-Saharan Africa, while raising awareness could increase...