About the data

There are two main data sources feedings the dashboards:

  1. Historical procurer shipment data from 2008 through December 31, 2016 that is archived on the GFPVAN from the previous RH Interchange tool. The historical data contains information about historical contraceptive shipment orders that come from the central procurement offices of major contraceptive donors and other organizations that procure contraceptives. The data includes the following information about shipments: the contraceptive methods, the funding source, the recipient country, the shipment date, the quantity of product, and the equivalent Couple Years of Protection (CYPs).

    Note: The historical data through 2016was based on organizations submitting their shipment data, and the organizations who submitted data in that timeframe changed over time. As a result, data over the 2008-2016 years may not have been a full picture of all shipments. This also means care should be taken when making comparisons over multiple years.
  2. Current Global FP VAN procurer shipment orders from January 1, 2017 forward. At this time, this data reflects shipments from and reported by USAID and UNFPA only. 

The section below offers information about each of the main variables in the dashboards. Click here for a list of acronyms.


Funder refers to the source of funds to procure the goods. The historical 2008-2016 data reflects all of UNFPA and USAID's contraceptive purchases. For IPPF and MSI, the historical data displays procurements carried out centrally (i.e. not carried out by individual country programs). For all other Funders, the historical data only contains purchases carried out by procuring organizations who were data providers at the time of RHI.

The Funder is captured in the historical data based upon information submitted by data providers. In some cases, the Funder in the data provider’s underlying data is held in such a way that it cannot be transmitted to, and shown in, the historical data.


There are various dates in the underlying data which relate to deliveries.



PO Due Date

The date which was agreed as the shipment date with the supplier.


Estimated Time of Departure (from Port of Origin)


Actual Time of Departure (from Port of Origin)


Estimated Time of Arrival (at Port of Destination)


Actual Time of Arrival (at Port of Destination)

Not all of this data is available at all stages of the order and shipment process. Receipt Date is completed depending on the availability of dates in the underlying data.

  • When all data is available, the "Receipt Date" reflects the Actual Time of Arrival (ATA). 
  • When the ATA is not available, the "Receipt Date" reflects the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA).
  • When neither the Actual Time of Arrival (ATA) nor the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) is available, the "Receipt Date" reflects the PO Due Date.

Note for UNFPA shipments: When the actual Receive Date of a shipment is not known, it is estimated by adding 4 weeks to the Send Date. It is not explicitly indicated in the RHI data when this estimate is made; however, it can be inferred when the Send and Receive dates are 28 days apart.


This refers to the country of final destination. The full list of countries and regions included in the dataset are listed here.

Contraceptive method

The RHI contains information on the following commodity categories:

  • Standard Days Method
  • Barriers Methods (female and male condoms; spermicides; diaphragm);
  • Oral Contraceptive Pills (combined and progesterone only)
  • Emergency contraceptive pills
  • Injectables
  • Implants
  • IUDs

Examples of commodities not captured include medical devices, medical equipment, maternal health medicines, and emergency kits.


The number of units included in each shipment order. Quantity is reported according to the smallest dispensing units for all methods, such as:

  • Condoms, Standard Days Method CycleBeads, Implants, Injectables, and IUDs are numbers of pieces
  • Oral Contraceptive Pills are numbers of cycles
  • Emergency Contraceptive Pills are numbers of doses


Value is the US $ value of the contraceptive units being shipped. The value for all data providers is harmonized to represent the total landed cost for the commodity provided (i.e., product unit price, shipping, insurance, any related testing, fees, etc.). All RHI values are in US $. 


Couple Years of Protection (CYP) is a measure to calculate on average how many years of protection from pregnancy each method provides to one couple, taking into account method failure rates and discontinuation. The following CYP conversion factors were used, and are based on USAID’s conversion factors:

Intrauterine Device

4.6 CYP per device

Implantable Contraceptives

3.2 CYP per implant

Emergency Contraception

20 doses per CYP

Standard Days Method

1.5 per shipment

Oral Contraceptives

15 cycles per CYP

Condoms (Male and Female)

120 units per CYP


5 doses per CYP

Note that due to limitations in the data available, CYPs for injectables and implants are the average of the range of variations e.g. 3-, 4-, 5-year implants provide 2.5, 3.2, 3.8 CYPs per dose respectively. The average of these is 3.2 therefore all implants are assigned 3.2 CYPs.


RHViz aggregates data from multiple data providers who own their data sets. RHViz does not manipulate the information provided by the data providers. Therefore, neither RHSC nor PATH as manager of the RHSC Secretariat assume responsibility for the data and do not warrant the completeness and/or accuracy of the data and shall not be liable whatsoever for any damages incurred as a result of its use.

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