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Access to Modern Contraceptives

Indicator Phrasing

% of women of reproductive age (15-49 years) aware of at least one place where they can obtain a modern contraceptive method
See indicator in other languages

Indicator Phrasing

English: % of women of reproductive age (15-49 years) aware of at least one place where they can obtain a modern contraceptive method

French: % de femmes en âge de procréer (15-49 ans) connaissant au moins un endroit où elles peuvent obtenir une méthode contraceptive moderne

Portuguese: % de mulheres em idade reprodutiva (15-49 anos) que conhecem pelo menos um lugar onde podem obter um método de contracepção moderno

Czech: % žen v reproduktivním věku (15-49 let), které znají alespoň jedno místo kde mohou získat moderní antikoncepční metodu

What is its purpose?

The indicator assesses the proportion of women of reproductive age aware of where they can obtain a modern contraceptive – one of the essential pre-conditions for practicing effective family planning.

How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data

Collect the following data by conducting individual interviews with a representative sample of women aged 15-49 years:


Introduction: Now I am going to ask two more sensitive questions. There are no right or wrong answers, so please be as honest with your answers as you can. I would again like to assure you that your answers will be kept secret and they will not be shared with anyone living in this area.



Q1: Do you know of any place where women like you can obtain a contraceptive method for delaying or avoiding pregnancy?

A1: yes / no


(if the previous answer is YES, verify it by asking the following two questions)


Q2: What types of methods can be obtained in this place?

A2: _

1) a modern contraceptive method was NOT stated

2) a modern contraceptive method was stated – specify which one (multiple answers possible)

  > pill

  > intra uterine device

  > injectables

  > implants

  > male condom

  > female condom

  > diaphragm

  > foam/ jelly

  > lactational amenorrhea method

  > cyclebeads

  > female sterilization

  > male sterilization

  > other – specify: ……………………….


(ask the following question only if the respondent stated previously one of the pre-defined modern contraceptive methods)


Q3: Where can women like you obtain this contraceptive method?

A3: _

1) the respondent does not know a specific place

2) the respondent knows a concrete place – specify (multiple answers possible)

  > local health facility

  > local pharmacy

  > health facility in the nearest bigger town

  > pharmacy in the nearest bigger town

  > other – specify: ………………………


Note: adjust the options based on your pre-testing and knowledge of the most common options.


To calculate the indicator’s value, divide the number of respondents who know a specific place where they can obtain a modern contraceptive method by the total number of respondents. Multiply the result by 100 to convert it to a percentage. 

Disaggregate by

Disaggregate the data by the respondent’s age (15-19, 20-24, 25-49), location (rural/ urban), socio-economic characteristics (wealth quintile, level of education) and marital status.

Important Comments

1) Always verify whether the respondent really knows a specific place and does not just say, for example, (somewhere) “in a district town” or (somewhere) “in a pharmacy”, without knowing a concrete place.

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