Spousal Separation and Interpretation of Contraceptive Use and Unmet Need in Rural Nepal

Publish Date: March 2012
Author: Bharat Ban, Sujan Karki, Ashoke Shrestha, Stephen Hodgins
Language: English

Nepal has experienced a relatively rapid increase in use of family planning. Simultaneously, spousal separation caused by migration for employment has increased. To determine contraceptive prevalence and unmet need in such circumstances, disaggregating family planning use by the residence status of the husband gives a more complete picture of family planning need and use at the population level. Such disaggregated analysis, as presented here for Nepal, shows a more rapid rise in contraceptive use and a lower level of unmet need among women whose husband was living at home than do the conventional aggregated measures, which underestimate the extent to which the family planning program has been making progress in meeting the needs of the population.

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