International Conference on Family Planning 2009

Family Planning: Research and Best Practices

The Conference Closes, The Mission Continues

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ICFP 2009 convened global experts to share the latest family planning research and practices that will advance the field and the well-being of families around the world. (Photo: Bangladesh/Shehzad Noorani)

The International Conference on Family Planning drew to a close this afternoon in a plenary that included a partners panel, award presentations, re-affirmation of global commitments to family planning, votes of thanks and comments by the Honorable Doctor Syda Bumba, Uganda Minister of State for Finance.

The closing sessions iterated and many of the points oft-heard during the last four days. Dr. Michael Mbizvo, of the WHO, called for action: “There is a sense of urgency. We have lost ground.”

Representing the Gates Foundation, Jose Rimon emphasized that the family planning community must spend money “the right way,” toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and he called for more and louder voices from sub-Saharan Africa.

Scott Radloff of USAID stressed a need for better strategies for reaching the poor, the undereducated, and those living in rural areas, suggesting that social marketing would be one effective measure.

Anthony Daly, of the UK Department for International Development, echoed a sentiment consistently throughout the conference: “We need integration [of family planning and HIV services] and harmonization,” he said, “and we need to have a mechanism to hold everyone accountable so we can better harmonize and integrate.”

Honorable Doctor Syda Bumba echoed the re-affirmations of commitment to family planning, acknowledging Uganda’s recognition of its importance.

Written by C. Grillo | JHSPH

November 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Posted in Nov. 18 Talks

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