Determinants Associated With Unmet Need for Family Planning in Pakistan
The recent data in the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2012-2013 shows a high unmet need for contraceptives, although family planning programs have been in place in Pakistan since the late 1950s. The phenomenon presents a complex picture, as the contraceptive prevalence rate has remained almost unchanged over the last 10 years. To analyze this situation, a novel technique or a new lens is required. A number of determinants are responsible for the unmet need for family planning in Pakistan; making it as a burning public health issue of the country. This paper will attempt to address them one by one. The paper will also endeavour to provide some strategies and recommendations to reduce its impact on the community.