Contraceptive market grows despite challenges of first pandemic year. Uncertainty remains over trajectory of contraceptive procurement.

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Clinton Health Access Initiative and Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition release 2021 Family Planning Market Report

Dec. 2, 2021—The value of the public-sector contraceptive market reached a five-year high in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report released by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC).

Increased procurement of implants, injectables, and oral contraceptives drove market growth, which reached US$261 million in 2020 across 69 countries[1] and market volumes increased during this period by 23 percent.

While COVID-19 presented challenges to medical supply chains and service delivery in 2020, contraceptive procurement was resilient throughout this first year of the pandemic.

“I certainly was not expecting 2020’s procurement trends to belie COVID’s ongoing disruption to RH services and supply chains,” said RHSC Director John Skibiak. “These trends, if they prevail, offer the reproductive health supply community confidence and inspiration to plan strategies to future-proof reproductive health supply access.”

Despite the significant progress in making family planning services more affordable and accessible to those who need it most, demand for safe, affordable, and quality-assured contraception is only expected to grow in low- and middle-income countries.

Yet, the 2021 Family Planning Market Report found that stakeholders expressed increased uncertainty about the evolving trajectory of future contraceptive procurement funding, due to recent challenges within the sexual and reproductive health funding landscape.

“Access to quality reproductive health information and services is critical to empowering women to make informed choices,” said Caitlin Glover, Senior Director of Sexual Reproductive Health at CHAI. “When women have access to family planning services and products, they are more likely to have safer pregnancies, achieve higher levels of education, maintain employment, advance their careers, and reach financial independence.”

What is the Family Planning Market Report?

The 2021 Family Planning Market Report provides visibility into the public-sector contraceptive market across the 69 FP2020 focus countries. The report is a product of the Global Markets Visibility Project and is jointly produced by RHSC and CHAI. Report analyses are made possible due to the participation of 17 partner suppliers who each year share their data with CHAI and RHSC to develop this report. The report tracks trends and insights across the market for donors, ministries of health, implementing organizations and suppliers to increase access to family planning products and services in low-resource settings.

Cover of 2021 CHAI RHSC Family Planning Market Report

Read the report here


About the Global Markets Visibility Project | The project is a landmark initiative that has provided the reproductive health community with detailed assessments of the public-sector family planning market across the 69 FP2020 focus countries since 2015. The initiative provides insightful and strategic outputs for donors, ministries of health, organizations, and suppliers to develop and implement more effective strategies to enable women to use family planning products and services.

About RHSC | The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition is a global partnership of more than 550 public, private, and non-governmental organizations dedicated to ensuring that all people in low- and middle-income countries can access and use affordable, high-quality supplies to ensure their better reproductive health.  For more information, please visit: www.rhsupplies.org.

About CHAI | The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries. Together with partners, it works to strengthen the capabilities of governments and the private sector to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without ongoing assistance. For more information, please visit: www.clintonhealthaccess.org.


[1] The 69 FP2020 focus countries (defined as countries with a 2010 gross national income per capita less than or equal to $2,500) emerged from the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning and have historically been the focus of the Family Planning Market Report. The countries are listed here: https://www.familyplanning2020.org/countries.