International Conference on Family Planning 2009

Family Planning: Research and Best Practices

New Collaboration: Advance Family Planning

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The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Wednesday at the ICFP conference a new three-year, $12 million project to advance reproductive health and family planning efforts in regions with the greatest need. The project, Advance Family Planning, will focus on sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

“If we are serious about achieving the health component of the Millennium Development Goals,” said Jose Rimon, of the Gates Foundation, “we need to reinvest in and revitalize family planning and reproductive health. … This project can succeed only if the southern countries [of Africa] are united in owning the issues themselves.

Duff Gillespie, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said, “The people who will really do the work and make it a success are individual champions in the countries they’re working in. We see our role as facilitating. We want to identify local champions and help them.”

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Written by C. Grillo | JHSPH

November 18, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Posted in Major Annoucements

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