Among those 33 countries with recent trend data, 13 (or 40%) saw increases in the prevalence of LARCs between their two most recent surveys. The fastest growth was seen in Malawi, where LARC prevalence grew by 2 percentage points per year between 2010 and 2015. Kenya, Senegal, and Zimbabwe also saw substantial growth in LARCs, with increases in prevalence of more than 1 percentage point per year. The largest growth in LARC prevalence was seen among unmarried sexually active women in Senegal, where prevalence grew 11 percentage points between the 2012–13 DHS and the 2014 DHS, with growth in both IUDs and implants.
The methods currently seeing the fastest growth in prevalence are injectables and implants, a pattern continuing from last year’s report. While increases in injectables generally continued to support their dominance in the method mix—or method skew in some countries—the growth in implants is increasing the diversity of the method mix in several countries.
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