The 2018 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from November 12–15. At ICFP, more than 3,500 policymakers, foundations, advocates and researchers from around the world will come together to discuss the wide-ranging benefits of family planning and highlight efforts to reduce unmet need for contraception in the developing world.

You may follow the week’s events online through the hashtag #ICFP2018 and by visiting our Twitter page.

If you will attend ICFP, we invite you to visit Guttmacher’s exhibit (booth numbers 22 and 23) located near the Youth Lounge and the main Convention Center entrance. At our exhibit, you can meet our experts and learn more about our latest work on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

We hope you will also join us at the following sessions and events.

Tuesday, November 13


Poster Session 1

Time: 8:00A.M.–11:00A.M.

Location: Auditorium Terrace

 

Adding it up: the costs and benefits of family planning interventions in Pakistan

Presenter: Aparna Sundaram, Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute

 

HIV-positive and -negative women’s sexual and reproductive health needs and access to services: findings from an observational study in Johannesburg, South Africa

Presenter: Naomi Lince-Deroche, Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute
 



Session 1.1.1: A new agenda: investing in a bold and inclusive vision for sexual and reproductive health

Time: 10:25A.M.–11:45A.M.
Location: MH1
Chair: Marleen Temmerman, Commissioner on the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Director, Women’s Health & Research Network in East Africa
Presenters:

  • Zeba Sathar, Commissioner on the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Country Director, Population Council Pakistan
  • Ann Starrs, Co-Chair of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Ali Kaviri, Co-Founder of Youth Equality Centre, Uganda
  • Sayed Rubayet, Country Director, Ipas Bangladesh

The recent report of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission—a collaboration of 16 global health, development and human rights experts from around the world—puts forth a comprehensive, evidence-based and bold agenda to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), including a recommendation to implement a package of essential SRHR interventions worldwide. This panel will discuss the report’s recommendations, highlight the costs and benefits of investing in SRHR, and explore areas for research, policy, advocacy and programs that advance this new SRHR agenda.


 

Session 1.1.4: Using evidence to meet the contraceptive needs of women

Time: 10:25A.M.–11:45A.M.

Location: MH 2
Chair: Rubina Hussain, Senior Research Associate, Guttmacher Institute
Presenters:

  • Chantal Umuhoza, Founder and Director, SPECTRA: Young Feminists Activism
  • Rodrigue Ngouana, Senior Technical Manager, Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit/IntraHealth International
  • Rose Oronje, Director, Science Communications and Evidence Uptake, African Institute for Development Policy


Over 200 million women in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean want to avoid pregnancy, but are not using modern contraception. This panel presents recent evidence on the tangible benefits of meeting the contraceptive needs of women at the country level, offers perspectives on how to prioritize women’s health especially among vulnerable subpopulations, and strategizes ways that governments can feasibly improve women’s health outcomes by funneling investments into contraceptive care.


 

Session 1.3.6: Using data for strategizing women’s access to comprehensive abortion care in India: results from a six-state study on abortion incidence in India

Time: 2:35P.M.–3:55P.M.

Location: AD1

Chair: Anand Sinha, Country Advisor–India, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Presenters:

  • Susheela Singh, Vice President for International Research, Guttmacher Institute
  • Vinoj Manning, Executive Director, Ipas Development Foundation
  • Jaydeep Tank, Secretary General, Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecological Societies of India
  • Chander Shekhar, Professor, Department of Fertility Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences
     

This panel will discuss key findings and policy implications from a new large-scale study of abortion incidence and service provision in six states of India—Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu—conducted by the Guttmacher Institute (New York); International Institute for Population Sciences (Mumbai) and the Population Council (New Delhi).


 

Reception hosted by the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Location: Filini Restaurant, Radisson Blu Hotel & Conference Center

The Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights—a collaboration of 16 global health, development and human rights experts from around the world—issued a report in May 2018 that put forth a comprehensive, evidence-based and bold agenda to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. All ICFP attendees are welcome to join Guttmacher-Lancet Commission Commissioners and Advisory Group members at this reception to celebrate the progress of a range of global efforts to advance universal sexual and reproductive health and rights, including the ongoing work of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission.


 

Wednesday, November 14

 

Morning Side Event: From research to policy: current issues and advances in abortion research in sub-Saharan Africa
Time: 7:00A.M.–8:25A.M.

Location: KCC AD12

Organizers: Ipas with Africa Population Health Research Center, Guttmacher Institute, Gynuity Health Projects and Ibis Reproductive Health

Guttmacher Institute presenters:

Abortion research is critical to driving evidence-based advocacy and policies, and informing service delivery improvements so all women are able to access safe, affordable, high-quality abortion care. This interactive session will feature presentations on current topics in abortion research and facilitated small group discussion. Attend to meet and network with emerging and seasoned researchers and everyone in between! Event is open to all conference attendees, but prior registration is required. To register, email [email protected]. Breakfast, tea and coffee will be provided.


 

Poster Session 5

Time: 11:30A.M.–2:30P.M.

Location: Auditorium Terrace

There might be blood: a scoping review on women’s responses to contraceptive-induced menstrual bleeding changes

Presenter: Chelsea Polis, Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute


 

Session 2.2.10: Findings from adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health research

Time: 11:55A.M.–1:15P.M.

Location: AD1

Chairs: Latoya Charles, Youth Advocacy Movement–Saint Lucia, and Charity Koronya, UNFPA-Kenya

Presenters:

  • Ann Biddlecom, Director of International Research, Guttmacher Institute
  • John Santelli, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Victor Chima, Researcher, Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Momo Seh, Program Assistant, Planned Parenthood Association Liberia

 

Session 2.3.15: Choosing research methods for family planning impact evaluation and program expansion

Time: 2:35P.M.–3:55P.M.

Location: Atrium 2

Chair: Suzanne Bell, Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Presenters:

  • Margaret Giorgio, Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute
  • David Canning, Harvard University
  • Mahesh Karra, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy, Boston University
  • Macoumba Thiam, Research Regional Advisor, EngenderHealth

 

Thursday, November 15

 

Morning Side Event: The harm of the U.S. global gag rule: assessing impacts on sexual reproductive health services and rights

Time: 7:00A.M.–8:25A.M.

Location: KCC MH1

Organizers: Population Action International with Marie Stopes International, International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Guttmacher Institute
Guttmacher Institute presenters:

Panelists will present on the barriers to understanding the impact of the U.S. policy, “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” also known by opponents as the “global gag rule”.


 

Poster Session 7

Time: 8:00A.M.–11:00A.M.

Location: Auditorium Terrace

 

An in-depth assessment of the impact of the global gag rule on sexual and reproductive health services in Ethiopia

Presenter: Lauren Firestein, Research Associate, Guttmacher Institute

 

Increasing contraceptive uptake in South Africa to meet unmet need: a cost evaluation and budget impact analysis

Presenter: Naomi Lince-Deroche, Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute

 

Costs and benefits of meeting the contraceptive needs of Nepali women

Presenter: Aparna Sundaram, Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute


 

Session 3.1.12: Consequences and estimates of unintended pregnancy

Time: 10:25A.M.–11:45A.M.

Location: AD5

Chair: Linnea Zimmerman, Assistant Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Presenters:

  • Anna Popinchalk, Research Associate, Guttmacher Institute
  • Ashish Upadhyay, PhD student, International Institute for Population Sciences Mumbai
  • Md Juel Rana, PhD student, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Sarah Rominski, Research Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

 

Session 3.2.1: Equitable access, sustainable investments and development benefits: investing in family planning for a lifetime of returns

Time: 11:55A.M.–1:15P.M.

Location: MH 4

Moderator: Ian Askew, World Health Organization

Presenters:

  • Ann Biddlecom, Director of International Research, Guttmacher Institute
  • Mike Mbizvo, Population Council
  • Gifty Addico, UNFPA
     

This panel will examine the relationship between family planning in the context of benefits and the Sustainable Development Goals: What the impact of family planning is on other development goals; who is currently being left behind in family planning efforts; and what is needed to ensure sustainable financing for family planning.


 

Flash Session 3.2.15: Family planning integration across sectors

Time: 11:55A.M.–1:15P.M.

Location: AD12

Chairs: Noella Izere, Professional Intern, Health Development Initiative, and Priya Nanda, Country Lead, Equity and Social Change Evaluation and Research, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Presenters:

  • Naomi Lince-Deroche, Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute
  • Páscoa Zualo Wate, Head, Maternal and Child Health Department, Ministry of Health, Mozambique
  • Tigist Urgessa, Sr. Manager, Family Planning and Clinical Services, Population Services International - Ethiopia
  • Nantenaina Andriamalala, Madagascar PHE Network coordinator, Madagascar PHE Network
  • Maryam Naeem Satti, Population Welfare Department, Punjab
  • Victor Ouko, Jhpiego
  • Rosario Benabaye, LuzonHealth Project, RTI International
  • William Rutagengwa, Director General, Nyamata District hospital, Rwanda

 

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