Contraceptive Use among Poor and Non-Poor in Asian Countries: A Comparative Study

Nabanita Majumder, Faujdar Ram


Family planning is one of the most inexpensive interventions to empower poor women
to exercise their rights to better sexual and reproductive health. In many populations,
the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) still remains low and unmet need remains
high. We study the family planning practices and the contextual factors explaining the
differentials in contraceptive use among poor and non-poor women in selected Asian
countries. We have used Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data for six Asian
countries. We have derived Poor and non-poor by computing wealth index for the
countries studied. We found that, CPR had increased dramatically especially among
poor women although it was not equally shared across the countries and the poor and
non-poor gap still exists. Therefore, CPR has much room to expand, especially among
poor women.

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