Contraceptive implants are a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) that can protect a woman from pregnancy for multiple years.1 Global demand for contraceptive implants grew steadily between 2005 and 2011 and price reductions in 2011 and 2013 have accelerated demand further. Increasing demand coupled with production capacity constraints have prompted the family planning community to further assess supply and demand in the contraceptive implant market.
The Coordinated Supply Planning (CSP) group of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) was formed to improve supply chain coordination for family planning commodities among the two key procurers, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).2 As part of these efforts, the CSP group developed demand forecasts to support contract negotiations, advocacy for commodity funding, and market shaping discussions, as well as production planning by suppliers. The CSP forecasts are meant to be dynamic with the ability to be updated on an annual basis as new data become available. In April 2016, the updated CSP implant forecast was shared at the Implant Access Program meetings, providing stakeholders with visibility into future contraceptive implant demand and an opportunity to discuss its implications on areas such as long-term funding needs for procurement and production capacity.