August 26, 2016

New Results from PMA2016/Ethiopia

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The School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences at Addis Ababa University in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia and Central Statistics Agency published August 26, 2016 results from the fourth round of PMA2020 data collection in the country.

The findings show continued and sustained progress for Ethiopia’s national family planning programs. Since the first round of the survey was conducted in 2014, the modern contraceptive use among married women has maintained a consistent upward trend, increasing from 33.8% to 37.3% in 2016. PMA2016/Ethiopia-R4, the fourth round of the mobile-phone-based survey, also found marked increases in the use of more effective, long-acting methods such as implants among all users.  Implant use, among married women, in particular has increased from 16% to 24% of all modern method use since 2014.

Furthermore, the survey has measured improvements in key quality of care measures at health facilities. Chief among these are increases in the number of clients who report that they were counseled on side effects (increased from 38.7% in 2014 to 48.3% in 2016) and those who said they were told of other methods of family planning (increased from 49.0% in 2014 to 58.7% in 2016).

The results were announced today at Elilly International hotel in Addis Ababa at a national dissemination workshop are based on the fourth PMA2020/Ethiopia survey. The School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences at Addis Ababa University with financial and technical support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute at the Johns Hopkins University and Ethiopian Public Health Association is implementing the project. Drs. Solomon Shiferaw and Assefa Seme are serving as principal investigators.