SFH, in addition to its commitment to HIV prevention, is also heavily involved in family planning activities in Rwanda. The organization utilizes a social marketing approach to promote family planning contraceptives commonly known as “Confiance” which include pills and injectables. We also utilize behavior change communication activities to address the unmet needs of families to limit and space births. In addition, SFH uses mid and mass media and its chain of CBOs to reach these targeted populations.
At current fertility levels, a woman in Rwanda will have an average of 4.2 children in her entire reproductive life; The TFR of urban women is 3.6 and of rural women is 4.3. The tables below show in detail the trend of total fertility rates at different times (before and after) the survey, different locations (urban vs rural) and across different age groups;
Trend in Fertility Rate
Among sexually active unmarried women, 36 percent are currently using a contraceptive method; Most of them (35 percent) are using a modern method. Similar to married women, the most commonly used method among sexually active unmarried women is injectables (16 percent).
Women who want to postpone their next birth for two or more years or who want to stop childbearing altogether but are not using a contraceptive method are said to have an unmet need for family planning. According to the DHS 2014-2015, the unmet need is 19 percent. Pregnant women are considered to have an unmet need for spacing or limiting if their pregnancy was Mistimed or unwanted.