The Contraception Policy Atlas Asia Pacific Region 2023, the first intraregional comparative tool, assesses the contraception policies of 43 countries. Using 3 headings and 16 criteria, the Atlas scores policy frameworks on family planning and equitable access to contraception funding. Data for all 43 countries, collected in early 2023 and validated by IPPF ESEAOR, provides insights into reproductive rights and contraception access in the region, empowering advocates and policymakers.
These findings shed light on the state of contraception policies in the region, revealing crucial insights. It was evident that only 12 out of 43 countries have legislation enshrining the right to choose the number, timing, and spacing of children. This indicates a need for greater recognition of reproductive autonomy across the region.
In terms of healthcare coverage, the report noted that only 10 out of 43 countries cover contraception through their national health insurance, with just 7 providing full coverage. This suggests that access to contraception remains a financial barrier for many in the Asia-Pacific region. Emergency contraception availability also emerged as a key concern, with only 20 out of 43 countries making it available without a prescription. This underscores the importance of improving accessibility to emergency contraception.
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