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2015 Internal Conference on Family Planning
Jan. 25-28, 2016
Nusa Dua, Indonesia
Global Commitments, Local Actions

Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference 2015: Daily Delivery

Recap of 27 January, 2016

Featured Coverage

"We are not future leaders. We are leading now."

Nomtika Mjwana, a sexual health activist from South Africa and rousing ICFP plenary speaker, discusses how the active involvement of young people in all different aspects of the conference gives her hope for the future of family planning.

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Emerging conversations

News

Contraception Drones Are The Future Of Women's Health In Rural Africa

By Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post

In late 2014, a group of public health experts and philanthropists were grappling with the problem of how to improve contraception access for women in the most remote, hard-to-reach villages. It occurred to them to borrow an idea from Amazon: Unmanned delivery drones. "Delivery to rural areas used to take two days. It will now take 30 minutes," Kanyanta Sunkutu said at ICFP.

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Life Expectancy Three Years Longer For Children Born Into Smaller Families in Developing World

By Stephanie Desmon, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

“For 40 years, the slogan ‘a small family is a happy family’ has been used to promote contraceptive use in developing countries,” says study leader Saifuddin Ahmed. “Our new research [presented at ICFP] shows that being born into a small family has health benefits that last throughout the course of your entire life.”

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Live Coverage

Top 10 Moments from ICFP's Wednesday Morning Plenary

 

Wednesday morning's plenary session focused on three major areas of intervention in adolescent sexual and reproductive health over the past decade; summarized what has been learned, and subsequently, with a panel of youth and global leaders, it set an agenda for the next decade.

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Perspectives

Family Planning as Women's Empowerment

Dr. Saadia Quraishy, Chief Executive Officer of Aman Health, speaks about the role family planning plays in enabling women to be strong, productive contributors to their economies and their communities as a whole.

Nomtika Mjwana

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Innovating for Progress in Family Planning

Margot H. Fahnestock, Program Officer in the Global Development and Population program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, discusses innovations in the family planning field, including a focus on human-centered design.

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#FPVoices - Live From ICFP

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Chittaranjan Narahari Purandare

Mumbai, India

 

"I firmly believe that this terminology 'family planning' needs to be modified a little bit. We need to get the word 'contraception' in there. Because adolescents are not family planning—they have no family…we need to really think about the terminology which was decided maybe 20 years ago where the situation was different, talking about reduction in population."

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Scott Radloff

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

 

"When I look across all of the interventions that we do in health, I feel that family planning may have the greatest impact of all of them. It impacts women’s health and children’s health. It opens opportunities for women in the workplace. It impacts family well being, and it cascades that impact through communities and at national levels. There’s a health aspect to family planning, there’s a rights aspect to family planning, and there’s an economic impact that’s very profound. I’ve become more and more convinced over time of the value of family planning programs, first and foremost for their impact on women’s lives."

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Key CONVERSATIONs

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Family Planning in the Sustainable Development Goals: Seeking the Goldilocks Approach

By Elizabeth Leahy Madsen, Senior Technical Advisor, Palladium

We are hearing so much about the SDGs because they are becoming one of our touchstones, guiding our community’s strategies to expand access to and use of family planning by women and girls around the world. Reflecting an expanded, more holistic, and more inclusive view of development than the MDGs, family planning advocates have worked hard to incorporate the sexual and reproductive health and rights agenda in two of the 17 goals—those for health and gender equality.

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IFCP Panel

Time to Involve Adolescents in Family Planning Meaningfully

By Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action

There is growing recognition the world over that including adolescents in health services is key to any country’s economic progress. Hence, giving them access to contraceptive services, addressing myths and misconceptions and striking down laws and policies that restrict their ability to exercise choices is critical.

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Essential Elements for Success: Gender-Transformative Ways to Involve Men in Family Planning Programs

By Rebecka Lundgren, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University

As a result of our better understanding of the influence of gender on family planning, there is a growing recognition that programs aimed at both men and women are more effective than those aimed solely at women and that positive male engagement interventions can improve partner communication and bring about more gender-equitable attitudes.

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Move Over, Unmet Need — There’s a New Family Planning Indicator in Town

By Margarite Nathe, IntraHealth International

How do we measure success in family planning? And is there a better way? Most countries have typically measured two key statistics: unmet need (the percentage of women, either married or in a union, who don’t want to become pregnant, but are not using contraception) and the modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR). But could those two measurements be combined to create a more powerful, more complete indicator of family planning progress in countries around the world?

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Combating Teen Myths About Sex With Family Planning

By Global Moms Challenge

Many of us are beginning the teen phase of parenting and it doesn’t seem to matter how frank and transparent we are about talking through all those hormone issues – get a group of kids together and a few good myths will emerge. Teens in Kenya are no different.

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IPPF's Interactive ICFP Report

IPPF is proud to present its interactive digital publication for the ICFP. Showcasing the amazing impacts of its youth-led projects and IPPF's new unprecented family planning pledge, this impressive digital hub features social media integration to live periscope updates and more!

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Contraceptive Discontinuation: New Infographic On Key Recommendations To Better Support Women

A new report from Population Council and FP2020, Contraceptive Discontinuation: Reasons, Challenges, and Solutions, investigates the factors contributing to discontinuation and steps that can be taken to support women throughout their reproductive life cycles.

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