The objective of this report is to identify the determinants of unintended pregnancy and unmet need for family planning in Bangladesh and therefore provide a strong body of evidence that will contribute to issue identification, evidence generation, and communication for use of evidence in policy and programming. The evidence generated can be used to find ways to reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy and hence reduce the risk of abortion-related morbidity and mortality; ultimately this will aid Bangladeshi couples in reaching their fertility goals. Results demonstrate that Bangladesh has shown progress and promise in several areas of family planning and contraceptive use. Collaboration between the government and the private sector and nongovernmental organizations needs to: address the needs of young people, especially young couples; reduce regional disparities, work with leaders and communities to delay early marriage and childbirth; and increase male involvement.
Akhter Huda, Fauzia, Sabiha Chowdhuri, Yolande Robertson, Noushin Islam, Bidhan Krishna Sarker, Ashrafi Jahan Azmi, and Laura Reichenbach. 2013. "Understanding unintended pregnancy in Bangladesh: Country profile report." Dhaka: icddr,b.
Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP)
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