International Conference on Family Planning 2009

Family Planning: Research and Best Practices

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International Conference on Family Planning: Research and Best Practices

15-18 November 2009 |  Kampala, Uganda

More than 500 million couples in the developing world are satisfied family planning users—yet there are another 200 million couples that seek to delay or avoid having a birth and are not using contraception.  The United Nations estimates that by 2050 the demand for contraception will grow by 40 percent as record numbers of young people enter the prime reproductive ages.  In some African countries, the level of unmet need for family planning exceeds the level of contraceptive use.

Persistent unmet need for family planning can undermine the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals and compromise global efforts towards human development. While an extensive base of research on and experience with family planning programs has accumulated over the past forty years, its recent volume is much lower.  The economic impact of reproductive change needs updating with emerging data.  An international forum for scientific and programmatic exchange will enable the sharing of available findings and identification of knowledge gaps, as well as using new knowledge to transform development policy.

To this end, the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Makerere University’s School of Public Health, and the Implementing Best Practices Initiative, along with other international and national partners, have organized this international conference on family planning research and best practices in Kampala, Uganda.

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Written by C. Grillo | JHSPH

November 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm

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