Total number of each type of family planning product and service needed to meet the demand for family planning

 

Definition:

The total number of each type of family planning (FP) product and service (i.e., contraceptive method) needed to meet the demand for FP. This is also referred to as the universe of need. Universe of need is calculated by multiplying the population at risk, the time at risk, the number of products or services needed to cover the time at risk, and the method mix for the population of interest. For FP, the population at risk is defined as all women of reproductive age (WRA) (ages 15–49) who are currently using FP or who have an unmet need for FP. The time at risk for the calculation is one year. The number of products or services needed to protect a woman from pregnancy for one year is expressed as couple years of protection (CYP). The method mix refers to the distribution of contraceptive users by method.  

The calculation for this indicator is as follows: 

Total number of WRA who are currently using FP or who have an unmet need for FP x One-year x CYP x Method mix

Data Requirements:

This indicator, also know as universe of need, is calculated separately for each method, factoring in current demand for FP, unmet need, and method preference.

Data Sources:

Various.  Third-party expert data science company, such as IQVIA, that collects market value information.

Purpose:

This indicator is necessary for determining market size. A good understanding of market size is essential for making decisions about the types and volume of family planning products that are needed. It is also necessary for understanding the extent to which the current system meets the demand for FP.

References:

Meekers, D., Haynes, S. C., & Kampa, K. (2016). Handbook for research on the family planning market, volume 2: Tool and resources for an in-depth analysis of the family planning market. Chapel Hill, NC, USA: MEASURE Evaluation, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from https://www.measureevaluation.org/resources/publications/tr-16-131b