The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) 3.4% population growth rate annually ranks among the highest in the world. High fertility rates drive this growth.

Though the vast majority of women (88%) and men (95%) are familiar with at least one modern method of contraception, just 20% of married women are using any method of contraception and only 8% are using a modern method. Increased knowledge and, more importantly, access to sustained family planning commodities creates a large pool of unmet need. The preliminary 2013-14 DHS results further show that 28% of married women have an unmet reported need for family planning.

Our Approach

ASSP aims to increase access and use of modern family planning methods, given the critical importance of family planning in ensuring the survival of children and women. Ultimately, the project will increase the overall contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) from five to at least 10 percent in the project’s health zones. The CPR measures the percentage of women who are using (or whose partners are using) any method of contraception. ASSP aims to:

  • Improve access, integration, and utilization of Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FP/RH) services.
  • Generate local demand for high-quality FP/RH services using innovative behavior change communication) activities.
  • Promote sexual reproductive health services for youth and adolescents by integrating “youth-friendly services” into selected project-supported health centers.
  • Improve the quality and sustainability of FP/RH services through health systems strengthening and service delivery strategies.

Key Achievements

In Year 5, there were 394,974 new acceptors of modern methods of family planning, achieving 110% of ASSP’s Year 5 target as a result of the improved availability of contraceptives and the scale-up of services offered at project health facilities. ASSP achieved 283,966 number of couple years of protection (CYPs) in Year 5 (145% of target) through family planning service provision, enabling families to exercise choice in planning their families and spacing births.