Table 2

Contraceptive prevalence among parenting adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa

Survey countriesContraceptive useModernTraditionalAdolescent birth rates
(per 1000 girls)*
Central Africa
Angola12.25 (9.35 to 15.89)11.84 (8.97 to 15.48)0.41 (0.13 to 1.24163
Cameroon24.25 (19.78 to 29.37)19.73 (15.95 to 24.14)4.52 (2.79 to 7.25)119
Chad5.10 (3.04 to 8.45)3.93 (2.59 to 5.93)1.17 (0.30 to 4.26)179
West Africa
Benin11.02 (8.06 to 14.89)9.45 (6.93 to 12.77)1.57 (0.66 to 3.69)94
Guinea15.62 (11.40 to 21.03)15.18 (11.04 to 20.50)0.44 (0.10 to 1.89)120
Mali18.46 (14.65 to 23.00)16.87 (13.22 to 21.29)1.59 (0.64 to 3.85)174
Nigeria6.42 (4.85 to 8.47)4.93 (3.66 to 6.61)1.49 (0.87 to 2.56)120
Sierra Leone23.33 (19.55 to 27.59)23.33 (19.55 to 27.59)0.00 (0.00 to 0.00)101
East Africa
Burundi34.30 (27.44 to 41.90)31.35 (24.81 to 38.73)2.95 (1.24 to 6.84)58
Ethiopia31.02 (23.00 to 40.37)30.80 (22.80 to 40.15)0.22 (0.03 to 1.45)80
Rwanda34.46 (26.67 to 43.18)32.40 (24.93 to 40.88)2.06 (0.67 to 6.20)41
Tanzania26.46 (22.00 to 31.47)25.25 (20.72 to 30.38)1.22 (0.44 to 3.31)139
Uganda33.22 (28.91 to 37.83)31.92 (27.62 to 36.56)1.29 (0.70 to 2.38)132
Southern Africa
Malawi55.69 (52.00 to 59.33)55.05 (51.36 to 58.68)0.65 (0.24 to 1.73)138
South Africa70.02 (61.76 to 77.16)70.02 (61.76 to 77.16)0.00 (0.00 to 0.00)71
Zambia44.71 (40.07 to 49.47)44.44 (39.79 to 49.19)0.27 (0.07 to 1.11)141
Zimbabwe67.58 (62.05 to 72.66)66.81 (61.27 to 71.93)0.77 (0.18 to 3.22)78
All countries27.12 (27.23 to 28.03)25.99 (25.11 to 26.89)1.13 (0.93 to 1.36)
  • Source: UN Population Fund, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division 2018.

  • *Adolescent birth rates