Exploring Geospatial Patterns of Private Sector FP Use: Nepal
Existing tools allow for exploration of patterns of public and private sector contraceptive use segmented by key demographics such as age, marital status, or urban/rural residence. While useful to understand differentials in the use of the public and private sector, these approaches do not provide a view into geographic differences across a country. Utilizing an approach known as small area estimation, SHOPS Plus has developed a series of "heat maps" for five countries that explore how contraceptive use and use of the public and private sectors varies across a country. Maps provide both relative views (e.g., the share of women using the private sector) and absolute views (e.g., the number of women using the private sector) as both can be useful for different advocacy and planning needs. Maps also overlay useful contextual information such as the location of cities, towns, roadways and health facilities. The five countries covered by this work are: Guinea*, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda, and Tanzania.
*Guinea analysis also includes select Child Health indicators