The Republic of Benin has made it a national priority to promote family planning as part of its efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality rates. In addition to preventing deaths, increased contraceptive use would help women and families achieve their desired number of children and have greater control over timing births. It would also help Benin meet its development goals, including reducing poverty and increasing women’s education and earning levels, children’s schooling and GDP per capita. The PDF of this report is only available in French.
Top Facts & Statistics
19%of births were unplanned between 2007 and 2012
33%of married women do not want to become pregnant but are not using contraceptives
14%of women aged 15–49 use a traditional or modern contraceptive method
Hear From An Expert
Expanding comprehensive family planning counseling, including information on possible side effects, and improving access to a range of modern contraceptive methods are critical to addressing the large unmet need in Benin. Increased efforts should also be made to encourage couples to communicate about family planning and to act on those discussions