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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FAMILY PLANNING

Organized by
Republic of Rwanda, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health

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Rwanda is one of the family planning success stories of recent history. The first decade of the 2000s saw great achievements: a dramatic rise in the country’s contraceptive prevalence rate for modern methods between 2000 and 2007, and a drop in total fertility rate from 6.1 in 2000 to 4.6 in 2010. Rwanda’s leadership has been highly supportive of family planning; in recent years, the country has invested in its network of community health workers (CHWs), run communications campaigns to drive demand and behavior change, and provided training on long-acting and permanent contraceptive methods. Yet progress has slowed, despite Rwanda’s continued commitment to family planning as a way to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for the sustainable development of its people and the world.

Held biennially since 2009, the ICFP serves as a strategic inflection point for the family planning and reproductive health community worldwide. It provides an opportunity for political leaders, scientists, researchers, policymakers, advocates, and youth to disseminate knowledge, celebrate successes, and identify next steps toward reaching the goal of enabling an additional 120 million women to access voluntary, quality contraception by 2020.

The ICFP also serves as an international platform from which countries, organizations and individuals can make public commitments to family planning, and can be recognized for their achievements. Dozens of side events are organized around the conference by many institutions and groups from around the world.

The website for the 2018 ICFP, fpconference.org, will be updated as more details are known.

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Voices of Experience: A Conversation with Former Directors of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health

Organized by Center for Global Development

January 17
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Center for Global Development
Washington, DC

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(This event will also be a Live Webcast)

Join Center for Global Development (CGD) for a conversation with four former directors of United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health. Since the Office’s inception in 1969, the US government has played a substantial role in supporting expanded access to voluntary family planning around the world through technical assistance, diplomatic and policy engagement, and financial support. But differences in policy across administrations have meant that US leadership in international family planning has often faced periods of uncertainty. CGD is convening a panel to revisit historic experiences and to shed light on lessons learned that may be used to inform stakeholders in the current landscape.

Featured Speakers:

1) Duff Gillespie, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2) Liz Maguire, Senior Advisor for Reproductive Health and Rights
3) Margaret Neuse, Independent Consultant
4) Scott Radloff, Senior Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Introduction: Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Moderator: Felice Apter, Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development

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Global Church and Family Planning Webinar

Organized by

September 28
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
Webinar

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Speakers:

  • Marg Docking, Executive Director, Wise Choices for Life
  • Susan Otchere, MSc, RN, Project Director, MOMENT Project, World Vision US
  • Sharon Tobing, Senior Technical Advisor for Health, ADRA International

 

Moderator:  Daniel O’Neill, MD, MA(TH), Managing Editor of the Christian Journal for Global Health

 

 

 

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GHC Member Spotlight: Jhpiego

This post was provided by GHC Member, Jhpiego

Jhpiego is an international health non-profit and affiliate of Johns Hopkins University whose mission is to prevent the needless deaths of women and families. For more than 42 years and in 150 countries, Jhpiego has partnered with governments, health ministries, professional organizations, educational institutions, foundations, corporations and communities to ensure access to quality health services in the areas of maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, family planning, and prevention and treatment of malaria and cervical cancer. Jhpiego innovates low-cost solutions to global health challenges because they believe where a woman lives shouldn’t determine if she lives.

Three Births, Three Serious Complications, Three Lives Saved

Jhpiego2The number of maternal and newborn deaths in Indonesia has increased from 228 to 359 deaths for every 100,000 births. Jhpiego is working to reduce this number by implementing programs such as the Expanding Maternal and Neonatal Survival (EMAS) program. The program ensures the safety of mothers and their families across Indonesia by training midwives, nurses and other health care workers in recognizing and managing complicated labors. When three women in Indonesia faced life-threatening birth complications, skilled health providers acted to ensure these mothers received proper care to survive pregnancy and childbirth. Read more about the EMAS program and how it saved the lives of three women and one child in Indonesia.

All Women Deserve Respectful Maternity Care

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This spring global health experts, women’s health activists, journalists, educators and policymakers gathered in Copenhagen for Women Deliver, a worldwide meeting dedicated to empowering women and girls. Jhpiego was among the leading global health organizations, advocating for innovative programs that prevent the needless deaths of women and families and encourage expectant mothers to access health care. When thinking of factors that keep women away from the health facility, cost and distance immediately come to mind.  However, there is another factor that keeps women away: fear of being mistreated. Women with this fear have never experienced the basic human right of respectful maternity care. Read more about Jhpiego’s advocacy for the respectful maternity care that all women deserve.