International Conference on Family Planning 2013

When:

November 12, 2013 - November 15, 2013

Where:

African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

More than 3,000 participants are expected to attend the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning, from global health experts and development practitioners to academics, policymakers, and international media. The conference is organized by the Gates Institute and is held to highlight successes achieved in family planning around the world as well as hurdles that still need to be addressed.

More than 70 Pathfinders from 12 different countries will attend the conference to present, speak, share, and learn. Pathfinders will present on 18 panels, exhibit 17 posters, and will take part in 21 side events, details of which can be found below.

Be sure to stop by our booth, No. 6 in Tent 1, to meet Pathfinder staff and to learn more about our work.

Questions? Please contact Amber Patterson at apatterson@pathfinder.org for more information about Pathfinder at the conference and Lauren McKown at lmckown@pathfinder.org with press inquiries.

For more on the International Conference on Family Planning, please visit the conference website.


Pathfinder-organized Events

*Click on the title of each event to learn more.

TIME TITLE PATHFINDERS PRESENTING
 LOCATION
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
 
   
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ensuring Women in Africa Have Access to Emergency Contraception: The UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children Mahomed Riaz Mobaracaly, Worknesh Kereta Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM PRESS CONFERENCE:
Youth, Sex, and Mobile Phones
Carolien Albers, Callie Simon Press Conference Room, African Union Conference Center, Addis Ababa
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
 
   
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM WORKSHOP: Introduction to IBP: What It's About and What It Has to Offer Ados May 3rd Level, Caucus Room 26, African Union Conference Center
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM WORKSHOP: Community of Practice on Systematic Approaches for Sustainable Scale Up of Best Practices in Family Planning/Reproductive Health
Murtala Mai, McKenzie Lambrone, Bamikale Feyiseten, Regina Benevides de Barros, Salwa Bitar 3rd Level, Caucus Room 26, African Union Conference Center
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM WORKSHOP: Introduction to IBP: How to Engage with the Initiative: Zambia Focus
Ados May 3rd Level, Caucus Room 26, African Union Conference Center
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM INTERACTIVE SESSION:
Overcoming Socio-Cultural Barriers, Myths and Misconceptions to Scale Up Family Planning Services
Organized by Pathfinder staff 3rd Level, Small Conference Hall 4, African Union Conference Center
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Strong Systems for Family Planning: Drawing the Community and Health Sectors into a "Zone of Interaction" Mengistu Asnake, Joseph Petraglia Small Conference Hall 1, African Union Conference Center
Thursday, November 14, 2013
 
   
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM PLENARY: Building the Future: The Young and the Restless Mathew Joseph Large Conference Hall, African Union Conference Center
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM SESSION: Shortage of Health Workers - How Task Shifting Can Support Family Planning Programs Organized by Pathfinder staff 3rd Level, Small Conference Hall 4, African Union Conference Center
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM SESSION: Fostering Change to Scale-up Access to Long Acting and Permanent Methods Organized by Pathfinder staff 3rd Level, Small Conference Hall 4, African Union Conference Center
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM WORKSHOP: Linking Service Delivery Partners with US-Based Advocates to Improve Coordination, Learning, and Results Jonathan Rucks 3rd Level, Caucus Room 27, African Union Conference Center
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM SESSION: Eye on Asia - Quality of Care, Training, and Taking Family Planning Programs to Scale Purnima Mane, Sono Aibe Large Conference Hall, African Union Conference Center
1:20 PM - 2:20 PM ROUNDTABLE: Making the Grade - Contraceptive, Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Young Women in African Universities Worknesh Kereta Table 19, African Union Conference Center
1:20 PM - 2:20 PM ROUNDTABLE: CEOs for Emerging Leaders Purnima Mane African Union Conference Center
1:20 PM - 2:20 PM ROUNDTABLE: Myanmar Sexual and Reproductive Health Sono Aibe Table 22, African Union Conference Center
Friday, November 15, 2013    
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM PLENARY: FP2020 - Analyzing Progress, Catalyzing Action Sono Aibe Large Conference Hall, African Union Conference Center
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM Youth Defining Quality: A Site Visit, Dialogue, and Exchange for Young People Callie Simon Mikewa youth-friendly service site
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM WORKSHOP: Scaling Up Access to Long Acting and Permanent Methods Approaches and Tools Organized by Pathfinder staff 3rd Level, Caucus Room 26, African Union Conference Center
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM WORKSHOP: Strategies to Address Health Worker Shortages in Family Planning Programs Organized by Pathfinder staff 3rd Level, Caucus Room 27, African Union Conference Center
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM WORKSHOP: Improving Family Planning in Tanzania Organized by Pathfinder staff 3rd Level, Caucus Room 27, African Union Conference Center
1:20 PM - 2:20 PM ROUNDTABLE: Addressing Contraceptive Needs throughout the Life Cycle Carolien Albers, Regina Benevides de Barros Table 3, African Union Conference Center
1:20 PM - 2:20 PM ROUNDTABLE: Living Positively - Contraceptive, Sexual, and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Needs of Young People Living with HIV Gwyn Hainsworth Table 29, African Union Conference Center

 


Pathfinder-Organized EVENTS (detailed)

Tuesday, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

 Ensuring Women in Africa Have Access to Emergency Contraception: The UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children and Other Global and Country-Level Efforts
When and where:
Tuesday, November 12, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa
Pathfinders presenting:
Mahomed Riaz Mobaracaly, Worknesh Kereta

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) will host a forum on the current status of world access to emergency contraception and next steps at the global and country levels to increase access. This event focuses in particular on Africa, but all are welcome. Conference delegates will share their experiences with and questions about emergency contraception access in their settings. The event will bring together advocates, researchers, programmatic experts, service providers, pharmaceutical representatives, and other leaders with an interest in promoting access to emergency contraception, especially in developing countries. The conversation will focus on emergency contraception efforts undertaken via the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children. It will also include in-depth exploration and discussion of emergency contraception programs and advocacy in several (at least three) African countries. The event will include panel presentations with plenty of time for questions and answers.

 Youth, Sex, and Mobile Phones: The Latest in Engaging Young People with Mobile Technology
When and where:
Tuesday, November 12, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Press Conference Room, African Union Conference Center
Pathfinders presenting: Carolien Albers, Callie Simon

Pathfinder International will share the latest on cutting-edge behavior change approaches used to reach youth with family planning services and information via mHealth in Mozambique, plus a special announcement about where you might see work similar to mCenas! in the near future. The event will be capped off with a hands-on SMS demonstration, giving journalists and other participants a chance to step into the client’s shoes.

WEDNESDAy, NOVEMBER 13, 2013

 Introduction to IBP: What It's About and What It Has to Offer
When and where:
Wednesday, November 13, 9:30 a.m. – 11:50 p.m. | 3rd Level Caucus Room 26, African Union Conference Center
Pathfinders presenting: Ados May

The IBP Initiative is a uniquely interactive partnership through which policy makers, program managers, implementing organizations and providers are able to identify and apply evidence-based and proven effective practices to improve family planning/reproductive health outcomes worldwide. By the end of the session participants will: 1) understand the mission of IBP; 2) know how to participate in the initiative and 3) identify the tools available through IBP to improve their family planning/reproductive health programs.

 Community of Practice on Systematic Approaches for Sustainable Scale Up of Best Practices in Family Planning/Reproductive Health
When and where: Wednesday, November 13, 12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. | 3rd Level Caucus Room 26, African Union Conference Center
Pathfinders presenting: Murtala Mai, McKenzie Lambrone, Bamikale Feyiseten, Regina Benevides de Barros, Salwa Bitar

While a broad range of effective practices in family planning/reproductive health has been developed and tested, their widespread utilization in country programs has not been achieved. As a result, access to quality family planning services has remained constrained. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 1) exchange experiences and lessons learned from using systematic approaches; 2) disseminate information about practical tools and guides for scaling and 3) share experiences from country programs scaling up interventions intended to strengthen service delivery and generate demand. 

 Introduction to IBP: How to Engage with the Initiative: Zambia Focus
When and where: Wednesday, November 13, 12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. | 3rd Level Caucus Room 27, African Union Conference Center
Pathfinders presenting: Ados May

The presenter will introduce IBP and its strategic direction to engage the membership at the regional and country level. Zambia is the first focus country for the initiative, where the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health has worked in collaboration with IBP and ECSA to document best practices in the country.

 Overcoming Socio-Cultural Barriers, Myths and Misconceptions to Scale Up Family Planning Services
When and where: Wednesday, November 13, 12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. | 3rd Level Small Conference Hall 4
Pathfinders presenting: Organized by Pathfinder staff

This interactive session will engage participants in a dialogue to start thinking differently about addressing socio cultural barriers, myths and misconceptions about family planning. Innovative
approaches used with different key populations will be shared in small groups, with special attention to how this has contributed to the scale-up process in their country.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

 Shortage of Health Workers - How Task Shifting Can Support Family Planning Programs
When and where: Thursday, November 14, 10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. | 3rd Level Small Conference Hall 4
Pathfinders presenting: Organized by Pathfinder staff

This session will provide an overview of evidence-based strategies for overcoming the shortage of health workers including task shifting/sharing; provide resources to participants to implement task shifting/sharing; provide guidance on scaling up task shifting/sharing strategies. A brief summary of selected country experiences on task shifting for family planning will be followed by small group
discussions based on country experiences and  focused on policies and guidelines to aid in scaling up task-shifting; and introduction, implementation, and maintaining quality while scaling up programs.

 Fostering Change to Scale-up Access to Long Acting and Permanent Methods
When and where: Thursday, November 14, 12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. | 3rd Level Small Conference Hall 4
Pathfinders presenting: Organized by Pathfinder staff

An introduction to the session will orient the partners to issues of demand side problems in scaling up long acting method service delivery. The bulk of the session will consist of small, self-selected groups discussing different aspects of access (financial, geographic, information, etc.)  Participants will work with organizers to “problem solve” a scale-up challenge for access using elements of the IBP guide to fostering change.

 Linking Service Delivery Partners with US-Based Advocates to Improve Coordination, Learning, and Results
When and where: Thursday, November 14, 12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. | 3rd Level Caucus Room 27
Pathfinders presenting: Jonathan Rucks

This interactive session will allow implementing organizations to share on-the ground experiences and field based realities and will create an opportunity for US-based advocates to ask questions about policy implementation.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

 Scaling Up Access to Long Acting and Permanent Methods Approaches and Tools
When and where: Friday, November 15, 10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. | 3rd Level Caucus Room 26
Pathfinders presenting: Organized by Pathfinder staff

Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and brainstorm transferability of successful approaches using long acting and permanent methods in one context to challenges in another.

 Strategies to Address Health Worker Shortages in Family Planning Programs
When and where: Friday, November 15, 10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. | 3rd Level Caucus Room 27
Pathfinders presenting: Organized by Pathfinder staff

There are different tools countries can use to understand their current health worker situation and make decisions regarding changes that can improve access. Two examples to be presented will include examination of the 2012 WHO Recommendations for Optimizing health worker roles for maternal and newborn health (focus will be on family planning) and the Workforce Indicator of Staffing Needs (WISN) tool that can help countries collect data on service delivery staffing needs and composition.

 Improving Family Planning in Tanzania
When and where: Friday, November 15, 12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. | 3rd Level Caucus Room 27
Pathfinders presenting: Organized by Pathfinder staff

In Tanzania, there is a high unmet need for contraception, at 27 percent. In this workshop, participants will learn effective intervention to address coverage to improve family planning services. Participants will also discuss several interventions at country level to address limitations in improving family planning service delivery.



 

 

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