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One of the smallest countries in population, this Islamic State has recently seen a transition from focusing on “birth spacing” to “family planning”, gradually breaking taboos around contraception. This is the result of years of advocacy and collaboration at the highest level by FP2020 focal points among others, as Mauritania approved its first RH/FP law in the country’s history in 2017. Later that same year, the Ministry of Health published a ‘Note Circulaire’, stating that all public, para-public, and private health centers that have qualified staff may offer a choice of contraceptive methods, and that postpartum counseling starts at the first prenatal visit. Despite these strides, there are still a number of challenges for health workers around stockouts, forecasting, supply chain, and logistics, especially to the remote areas of this vast desert country, as well as with public education on family planning.



  • Mauritania: Action Plan for Birth Spacing for 2014-2018 Read More


  • Mauritania FP2020 Commitment Self-reporting Questionnaire... Read More


  • Mauritania FP2020 Commitment Self-reporting Questionnaire... Read More


The data displayed on this page is courtesy of the Track20 Project. Implemented by Avenir Health, Track20 monitors progress towards achieving the goals of the global FP2020 initiative.

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Contraceptive Use
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Note: FP2020 uses a rolling baselines so values are recalculated each year based on the newset available data.

source : pDHS 2015

Core Indicator Estimates

FP2020 uses a suite of quantitative metrics—Core Indicators—to monitor progress annually across 69 focus countries. Estimates for the Core Indicators are produced annually by commitment countries through a network of country-based Track20 M&E officers housed in government institutions. For a complete analysis of Mauritania and these Core Indicators, click below.

Key Documents

Mauritania FP2020 Commitment Self-Reporting Questionnaire 2017
Mauritania FP2020 Commitment Self-Reporting Questionnaire 20...
Mauritania: Action Plan for Birth Spacing for 2014-2018
Mauritania: Action Plan for Birth Spacing for 2014-2018
Mauritania’s Declaration for the International Conference on Family Planning, Addis Ababa
Mauritania’s Declaration for the International Conference on...

Postpartum Family Planning

Since 2015, there have been several developments in the management of the PPFP collaboration as well as in the field that require a shift in the scope of the movement. As of March 2017, the PPFP/PAFP movement is now managed by the FP2020 Secretariat. This allows the integration of the PPFP work, as well as the inclusion of PAFP into the Secretariat’s work and especially within the FP2020 focal point structure – where each commitment-making country is represented by government, donor, and civil society partners - already in place. Using a rights-based framework, each FP2020 country focal point team develops a Country Action Plan that is aligned with a country’s Costed Implementation Plan (CIP), or other existing country strategies, policies, and 2017 FP2020 commitments, and lays out a shared working agenda for the focal points, Secretariat, and partners. Additionally, for countries with identified PPFP/PAFP priorities, these will be integrated into their FP2020 Country Action Plans.

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