The International Conference on Family Planning, which will be held in Addis Ababa November 12–15, will bring together donors, policymakers, advocates and researchers from around the world to discuss the wide-ranging benefits of family planning and highlight efforts to reduce unmet need for contraception in the developing world. If you will be at ICFP 2013, we invite you to visit Guttmacher’s exhibit booth, located in Tent 5 #33, and attend the following panel discussions and events:


Session: Shattering the Myth: Long-Acting Reversible Contraception A Great Choice for Adolescents and You
Wednesday, November 13, 12:00pm – 1:20pm, Old Building Medium Conference Hall Chair: Mario Philip Festin, World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, PFP

Gwyn Hainsworth, Pathfinder International
Rubina Hussain, Guttmacher Institute
Yewondwossen Tilahun, Pathfinder International, Ethiopia
Kidest Lulu, Pathfinder International, Ethiopia
Mengistu Asnake Kibret, Pathfinder International, Ethiopia
Meira Neggaz, Marie Stopes International
Shumon Sengupta, Marie Stopes, Sierra Leone
Sintayehu Abebe, Federal Ministry of Health
Emmanuel Phillipo, Marie Stopes, Tanzania

Globally, adolescents have particularly high unmet need for contraception. Many adolescents and young adults (aged 10–24) want to delay pregnancy for many years until they finish school or get married, or because they want to space their next birth. These goals, coupled with high discontinuation rates among young people and their reported preference for discrete methods, make LARC a particularly suitable choice. This panel will explore young people’s LARC use from data, policy and programmatic perspectives. Rubina Hussain, of the Guttmacher Institute, will present on the reasons youth, aged 15–19, are not using contraceptives and the opportunities for LARC to meet their unmet contraceptive needs.


Session: Efforts to Implement Policies that Expand Access to Safe Abortion

Wednesday, November 13, 12:00pm–1:20pm, Caucus Room 20
Moderator: Muthoni Muchiri Ndung'u, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Africa Regional Office.

Leila Darabi, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Global
Carolyne Odula, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Africa Regional Office/Kenya Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society
Joana Nerquaye-Tetteh, Guttmacher Institute Consultant, Ghana
Alma Luz Beltran y Puga, Information Group on Reproductive Choice
Felicia Sakala, Country Director, Ipas Zambia

Evidence shows that the legalization of abortion alone does not necessarily translate into better access. Policy changes must be accompanied by training, public education and funding to ensure that women can safely claim their right to access safe abortion services. This panel will focus on the work of advocates, researchers and providers to expand access to safe abortion after legal reform. Joana-Nerquaye-Tetteh will present Guttmacher research on the inequities in access to safe abortion services that persist in Ghana, despite the country’s fairly liberal abortion law.


Poster Session: Demystifying Data: A Guide to Using Evidence to Improve Young People’s Sexual Health and Rights
Wednesday, November 13, 2:30-5:40 , 3rd floor lobby, booth 306
Presenter: Rubina Hussain, Research Associate, Guttmacher Institute





IBP Interactive Session: Linking International Reproductive Health and Family Planning Service Delivery Partners with U.S.-Based Advocates to Improve Coordination, Learning and Results
Thursday, November 14, 12:00pm–1:20pm, 3rd Level, Caucus Room 27

Sneha Barot, Guttmacher Institute
Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Family Care International
Leila Darabi, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Global
Suzanna Dennis, Population Action International
Suzanne Ehlers, Population Action International
Seema Jalan, United Nations Foundation
Nomi Fuchs-Montgomery, Marie Stopes International, USA
Jonathan Rucks, Pathfinder International
Callie Simon, Pathfinder International
Ann Starrs, Family Care International

More than ever, U.S.-based international reproductive health and family planning (IRH/FP) advocates are being asked by Congress and the Obama administration to provide insight regarding the on-the-ground realties of IRH/FP programs, including stories about policy impact, examples of integrated funding streams and projects, and the potential repercussions of restrictions and budget cuts. This interactive session will allow implementing organizations to share on-the-ground experiences and field-based realities, and will create an opportunity for U.S.-based advocates to ask questions about policy implementation. Sneha Barot, Senior Public Policy Associate, will provide an overview of the current U.S. political landscape relating to international reproductive health and family planning policies and funding.


CEOs for Emerging Leaders Roundtable Discussion
Topic: How to Communicate Research and Data to Effect Policy and Programmatic Change
Host: Cynthia Summers, Vice President for Public Education, Guttmacher Institute
Thursday, November 14, 1:20pm-2:30pm, Multipurpose Room of the African Union Conference Center, Table 10


Topical Roundtable Discussion
Topic: The Male Factor in Contraceptive Nonuse in Sub-Saharan Africa
Host: Akinrinola Bankole, Director of International Research, Guttmacher Institute
Thursday, November 14, 1:20pm-2:30pm, Multipurpose Room of the African Union Conference Center, Table 33


Session: Abortion Trends
Friday, November 15, 12:00pm–1:20pm, 2nd level, Caucus Room 19
Moderator: Akinrinola Bankole, Director of International Research, Guttmacher Institute

Caitlin Gerdts, University of California, San Francisco
Abhishek Kumar, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai
Khim Sotheary, Population Service International
Erick Yegon, Ipas Africa Alliance

Akinrinola Bankole will moderate this session, which will include presentations on abortion incidence and consequences, the increasing use of medication abortion, barriers to safe abortion services across national and legal contexts, the challenges of measuring mortality resulting from unsafe abortion, and the relationship between abortion and contraception in developing countries.