Family Planning in the DRC

Family Planning Program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This website provides key information of family planning (FP) in the DRC. The diagram below describes "how family planning works": the factors that influence the effectiveness of a program and the pathways (both supply and demand) that lead to increased contraceptive use. The interactive links give information specific to Kinshasa (the capital city of the DRC) and to the country as a whole.

In the DRC, family planning forms part of integrated health services. Yet too often, policy makers and service providers give low priority to family planning, devoting their attention and resources to other health problems. The result is a modern contraceptive prevalence rate of 5.8% in the DRC (though slightly higher - 14.1% - in Kinshasa).

The term "family planning program" refers to all organized activities that in some way contribute to delaying or preventing pregnancy. The supply environment (shown below on the left) defines what services are available; demand (shown below on the right) refers to the interest and motivation of the population to use these services. Improvements in supply and demand lead to greater use of FP services, which in turn increases the use of contraception.


Click on the globe to view DRC map

This website provides information on all elements shown in this diagram.
Click on each box to learn more about family planning in Kinshasa and the DRC.