Impact Brief: Ethiopia. Saving and Improving Lives through Increased Access to Contraceptives. 2014 Update

Publication date: 2015

I M PA C T B R I E F : ETHIOPIA 2014 UPDATE Saving and Improving Lives through Increased Access to Contraceptives By helping women delay, space, and limit pregnancies, family planning is a cost-effective intervention that saves the lives of mothers and their children and also saves thousands of dollars in healthcare spending every year. Despite recent impressive gains in contraceptive use, 17.2 percent of all women in Ethiopia currently have an unmet need for family planning.1 In 2014, approximately 4 million Ethiopian women wanted to avoid or delay pregnancy, but they were not using an effective method of contraception.1,2 As a result, more than 1.2 million women experienced an unintended pregnancy which can have serious consequences for mothers and children.3 In 2014 alone, out of those unintended pregnancies, an estimated— • 3,500 women died from pregnancy-related causes2,4 • 37,400 infants died in their first year of life5 • 24,200 children likely died before their fifth birthday due to below-optimal birth spacing.6 USAID Contraceptive Investment At the request of the Government of Ethiopia, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided assistance to improve the country’s health commodity supply chains and to better serve those who need family planning. From FY2009 to 2014, the USG has spent over $39.1 million to purchase more than— • 34.7 million male condoms • 20 million doses of Depo-Provera® (DMPA) injectable • 9.5 million cycles of oral contraceptives • 835,000 implants (Jadelle® and Implanon®) • 50,700 Copper T-380A IUDs.7 77,700 7,400 $39.1MILLION From FY2009-2014 USAID invested infant deaths PREVENTED unintended pregnancies PREVENTED maternal deaths PREVENTED U SA ID | D EL IV ER P RO JE C T 2 01 4 $152MILLION in direct healthcare spending SAVED 2.3MILLION in commodities   USAID Investment Impact Why Invest in Supply Chains? From FY2009 to 2014, USAID-funded contraceptives had the potential to meet the needs of more than 8.8 million Ethiopian couples.8 In the hands of women and men who need them, these contraceptives prevented approximately— • 2.3 million unintended pregnancies • 719,000 induced abortions • 77,700 infant (under the age of one) deaths • 45,500 child (under age five) deaths due to improved birth spacing • 7,400 maternal deaths. During this time, by avoiding the direct costs of unintended pregnancy and delivery care, and of treating complications from unsafe abortions, Ethiopian families and the public health system saved an estimated U.S. $152 million in direct healthcare spending.9 USAID is a leader in efforts to meet the reproductive health needs of women in Ethiopia and other countries in the developing world. Improving access to modern methods of contraception is crucial to meeting these needs. As the Ethiopian government expands its efforts to improve the health of its women and children, continued USAID investment in procuring contraceptives and strengthening the national supply chain systems is essential to increasing access and reducing the unmet need for family planning. Through implementing partners, and in partnership with ministries of health and other organizations, USAID develops and strengthens reliable and sustainable public health supply chains by implementing robust logistics solutions, promoting supportive commodity security environments, procuring health commodities and building lasting local capacity, all to ensure that contraceptives make it into the hands of the women and men who need them. Table 1. Estimated Impact of USAID Contraceptive Commodity Support in Ethiopia, by Fiscal Year (FY)9 FY2009 FY2010 FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 Totals CYP generated by commodities shipped 1,419,100 898,600 1,928,900 2,298,500 910,900 1,428,800 8,884,800 Unintended pregnancies averted 318,900 236,300 395,200 608,600 335,300 425,300 2,319,600 Unintended Live births averted 173,100 128,300 214,500 330,400 182,000 230,800 1,259,100 Abortions averted 98,800 73,300 122,500 188,700 103,900 131,800 719,000 Infant (U1) deaths averted 12,000 8,500 13,600 20,100 10,600 12,900 77,700 Child (U5) deaths averted due to improved birth spacing 6,300 4,600 7,800 11,900 6,600 8,300 45,500 Maternal deaths averted 1,200 800 1,300 1,900 1,000 1,200 7,400 Direct healthcare costs savings ($U.S. 2014) $ 20,864,800 $ 15,462,000 $ 25,861,300 $ 39,823,700 $ 21,940,600 $ 27,826,500 $ 151,778,900 This brief was prepared for USAID by the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT. For more details on the impact calculations, please contact 1 Central Statistical Agency [Ethiopia] and ICF International. 2012. Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey 2011. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Calverton, Maryland, USA: Central Statistical Agency and ICF International. (Accessed April 1, 2015) 2 United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. 2013. World Population Prospects:The 2012 Revision. New York: United Nations. (Accessed April 1, 2015) 3 Figure calculated using conversion factor from Darroch, J. E., and S. Singh. 2011. Estimating unintended pregnancies averted by couple-years of protection (CYP). New York: Guttmacher Institute. http:// (Accessed April 1, 2015) 4 Country specific maternal deaths per unintended pregnancy rate applied to unintended pregnancies. See:Weinberger M, Fry K, and Hopkins K. 2015. Impact 2 v3:An innovative tool for estimating the impact of reproductive health programmes—methodology paper. London: Marie Stopes International. (Accessed April 1, 2015) 5 U.S. Census Bureau International DataBase. (Accessed March 1, 2015) 6 Marie Stopes International. 2015. Impact 2 (v3):An innovative tool for measuring the impact of reproductive health programmes. London: Marie Stopes International. (Accessed April 1, 2015) 7 USAID | DELIVER PROJECT. 2014. My Commodities database from 8 Coverage is calculated using couple-years of protection (CYP). USAID.“Couple Years of Protection (CYP)” from (Accessed March 1, 2015) 9 All figures were calculated using the Impact 2 (v3), Marie Stopes International, 2015 tool and data from the My Commodities database except for infant deaths adverted. For infant deaths averted, the figures were calculated using the Impact 2(v3) tool, My Commodities database, and the annual infant mortality rates (IMR) listed in the U.S. Census Bureau International DataBase. http://www.census. gov/population/international/data/idb/region.php (Accessed March 1, 2015)

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