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Guttmacher at the Women Deliver Conference

June 2, 2010

Women Deliver 2010, a global conference focused on maternal and reproductive health, will be held in Washington, DC, on June 7–9. The conference brings together policymakers, advocates and researchers from around the world with the goal of generating political commitment and financial investment to achieve significant reductions in maternal deaths and universal access to reproductive health.

Guttmacher Institute staff and research will be featured at several events throughout the conference. If you are at the conference, we invite you to attend the following panel discussions and press conferences:

Panels and Sessions

Session 120: Unsafe Abortion, Maternal Mortality and MDG 5
Monday, June 7, 1:30–3:00 PM
Moderator: Iqbal Shah, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization (WHO)
Presenters:
Elizabeth Aahman, Division of Family and Reproductive Health, WHO
Fatima Juarez, Professor, Colegio de México
Sharon Camp, President and CEO, Guttmacher Institute
Rebecca Cook, Chair, International Human Rights Law, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Sharon Camp, Guttmacher president and CEO, will be highlighting global estimates of the incidence of unsafe abortion from the Guttmacher report Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress. The panel will discuss policy and program options for addressing unsafe abortion, including recommendations for practical steps to achieve improved abortion and postabortion services.

Analyzing Progress: A Closer Look at the New Statistics on Maternal Mortality
Monday, June 7, 3:15–4:15 PM, Chairman's Session
Moderator: Sharon Camp, President and CEO, Guttmacher Institute
Speakers:
Ties Boerma, Director, Department of Health Statistics and Information, WHO
Christopher Murray, Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington

Guttmacher’s Sharon Camp will moderate this session, in which panelists will discuss new estimates of global maternal mortality, as well as the strengths and limitations of the different methodologies used in their work.

Session 140: MDG5 Saves Money
Monday June 7, 3:15-4:15pm
Moderator: Bram van Ojik, Director of Social Development, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Presenters:
Suneeta Sharma, PhD, MHA, Deputy Director FP/RH and ANE, USAID Health Policy Initiative Project, Futures Group International
Susheela Singh, PhD, Vice President for Research, Guttmacher Institute
Tamara Fetters, MPH, Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor, Ipas

Susheela Singh will present: "Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care: Country-specific Examples." The panel is designed to raise awareness the consequences of failing to invest in maternal and reproductive health with a particular focus on economic impact of high maternal morbidity & mortality and reproductive ill-health, including the (economic) impact of unmet need for contraception.

Session 213: Prevention Solutions for Women: Getting the Most Out of Existing Technologies Today
Tuesday, June 8, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
Moderators: Kelly Blanchard, President, Ibis Reproductive Health
Serra Sippel, Executive Director, Center for Health and Gender Equity
Presenters:
Sharon Camp, President and CEO, Guttmacher Institute
Carol Nawina Nyirenda, Board Member, Communities Delegation and National Coordinator, Community Initiative for TB, HIV/AIDS & Malaria (CITAM+)
Lufono Muvhango, Programme Manager, IMAGE, South Africa

Sharon Camp will be a panelist presenting on the topic of “Moving Oral Contraceptives Over the Counter: Evidence for the Safety and Potential Impact of a Switch.” Some of the benefits and challenges of dispensing oral contraceptives without a doctor’s prescription are discussed in this 2008 article published in the Guttmacher Policy Review.

Session 216: Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health
Tuesday, June 8, 1:30–3:00 PM
Moderator: Sneha Barot, Senior Public Policy Associate, Guttmacher Institute
Presenters:
Sharon Camp, President and CEO, Guttmacher Institute Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund
Sadia Chowdhury, Coordinator, Reproductive and Child Health Programs, World Bank
Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State

A 2009 study by Guttmacher and UNFPA established for the first time the major synergistic benefits of investing simultaneously in both family planning and maternal and newborn care. The study found that roughly doubling the world’s modest current investment in family planning and maternal and newborn care to $24 billion would reduce maternal mortality by at least 70% and halve the number of newborn deaths—and do so at a lower total cost than investing in maternal and newborn care alone. Sneha Barot, Guttmacher senior public policy associate, will moderate the discussion, and Sharon Camp will be a panelist.

Challenges to Meeting the Unmet Need for Contraception
Tuesday, June 8, 3:15–4:15 PM, Chairman's Session
Moderator: Oying Rimon, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Speakers:
Akin Bankole, Director of International Research, Guttmacher Institute
Carmen Barroso, Regional Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Western Hemisphere Region
Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Akin Bankole, Guttmacher’s director of international research, will present data on the unmet need for contraception in developing countries. Current research from our report, Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health, shows that 215 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using an effective method of contraception.

Press Conferences

Marriage, Poverty and Pregnancy: Meeting the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Adolescent Women in the Developing World
Monday, June 7, 11:45 AM–12:30 PM
Moderator: Carmen Barroso, Regional Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Western Hemisphere Region
Presenters:
Sharon Camp, President and CEO, Guttmacher Institute
Nida Mushtaq, Youth Coalition, Pakistan
Jovana Rios, Family Planning Association of Panama (APLAFA)

The press conference will highlight new statistics on two of the key challenges facing global health and development policy today: Satisfying the need for modern contraceptives in developing countries and addressing the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent women who are entering their childbearing years. At the press conference, IPPF and Guttmacher will be releasing two new fact sheets: “Facts on Satisfying the Need for Contraception in Developing Countries” and “Facts on the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescent Women in the Developing World.”

Developing and Advocating for Sound Maternal Health Policies
Monday, June 7, 4:30–5:00 PM
Fred Sai, Physician, Ghana
Christopher Murray, Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington
Ties Boerma, Director, Department of Health Statistics and Information, WHO
Sharon Camp, President and CEO, Guttmacher Institute

Sharon Camp will discuss the importance of reliable data in developing and advocating for sound maternal health policies. The press conference will be live streamed at the official <"http://www.womendeliver.org/conferences/-2010-conference/webcast/>Women Deliver website.

Guttmacher Institute booth in the Expo Hall

Take a break from the busy schedule and visit our exhibit booth (#306) in the Expo Hall to pick up new materials and learn more about the breadth of our work both in the United States and internationally.
Exhibit booth hours:
Sunday, June 6, 4:00–6:30 PM
Monday, June 7, 8:00 AM–8:30 PM
Tuesday, June 8, 8:00 AM–7:30 PM
Wednesday, June 9, 8:00 AM–1:00 PM

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Women Deliver

<http://www.womendeliver.org/conferences/-2010-conference/agenda/> The conference agenda