USAID voluntary family planning programs are being integrated with other health services to contribute to the goal of reducing maternal mortality. Although the total fertility rate in Tanzania has fallen from 5.7 to 5.4 births per woman in recent years, there have been no significant changes in the country's unmet need for family planning.
The use of modern contraception in Tanzania has increased from 20 percent to 27 percent between 2005 and 2010, with use of any family planning method increasing from 26 percent to 34 percent. After sustained efforts to improve contraceptive security and logistics, national contraceptive distribution has improved, but resource allocation and stockouts remain problematic. Social marketing and communication are having an impact with rising sales of oral contraceptives and condoms.
USAID is increasing information about voluntary family planning options as well as improving the government of Tanzanian’s forecasting, ordering and logistics systems for family planning commodities.
Last updated: February 11, 2014