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Fifth Media Advisory:

Contact:
Jessica Freifeld
T: +221 775 360 497
jfreifeld@globalhealthstrategies.com

Africa Positioning Itself to Realize the Demographic Dividend as Leaders Push for Global Access to Family Planning 

More than 2,000 participants at the International Conference on Family Planning will focus on successes, challenges and new opportunities in addressing global family planning need.

DAKAR, Senegal, 30 Nov. 2011 – Researchers and advocates will meet on the second day of this major family planning conference in Dakar to discuss critical findings and proven strategies to deliver family planning services. Their shared goal: to broadly increase contraceptive access to 215 million women worldwide and to transform development across the board.

Today’s conference theme will be the demographic dividend – the concept that health and social development, enabled by full access to contraception, are inextricably linked with strong economic growth. There are numerous examples of success in Asia, where declining fertility, spurred by rising contraceptive use, have led to increased education, improved health, and market-driven economic policies have allowed for significant income growth. To determine whether Africa is poised to follow suit, experts must examine countries with recent and remarkable achievements in family planning, such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Rwanda.

“Investing in family planning is one the most cost-effective strategies governments can implement. When women prevent unintended pregnancies, families can invest their resources in education, healthcare and family businesses.” said Dr. Amy Tsui, Director of the Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a lead conference organizer.

African finance and health ministers will convene today in a high-level closed-door meeting to discuss concrete steps to achieve the demographic dividend in their own countries. In addition, an official press conference will feature five experts speaking to the policy, research, donor, and program components necessary to increase access to family planning, and the economic benefits of doing so. Speakers will include:

  • Hon. Haja Zainab Hawa Bangura, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone               
  • Dr. Amy Tsui, Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute of Population and Reproductive Health,  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Ms. Monica Kerrigan, Deputy Director and Team Leader, Family Planning/Reproductive Health, Family Health Office, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr. Scott Radloff, Director, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Dr. Akinrinola Bankole, Director, International Research, Guttmacher Institute
  • Ms. Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver

“We’ve made a lot of progress in putting maternal health on the global agenda; now we must call on leaders to put family planning on their to-do list. Every individual deserves this – women, men, and young people,” said Jill Sheffield, President and Founder of Women Deliver.

The challenges ahead are significant, but this conference presents enormous opportunity to profoundly impact global development for the next 50 years plus.

The ICFP is co-sponsored by more than 30 international organizations including USAID, DFID, AFD, UNFPA, WHO, European Commission, World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Accredited members of the press may register for ICFP in-person at Le Méridien, Dakar

For more information on ICFP, please visit: www.fpconference2011.org

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Fourth Media Advisory: 

Contact:
Jessica Freifeld
T: +221 775 36 04 97
jfreifeld@globalhealthstrategies.com

Landmark Conference on Family Planning Opens Today in Dakar, Senegal

More than 2,000 advocates, donors, and researchers gather for the

International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) from 29 November – 2 December 2011

DAKAR, Senegal, 29 Nov. 2011 – Thousands from around the world will gather at Le Méridien President Hotel in Dakar, Senegal today for the opening of the International Conference on Family planning. This is the largest meeting of its kind, and will aim to push forward an agenda for broad family planning access and support around the world. Today, more than 215 million women worldwide want but do not have access.

The historic four-day conference features more than 140 plenaries, sessions and panels that will share latest research, proven strategies, and lessons learned in addressing the massive need for contraception worldwide. Participants will seek to galvanize greater political and financial support, hold governments accountable for their commitments, and champion contraceptive innovation and access.

In a world of seven billion, empowering women and ensuring access to contraception for all individuals is more important than ever. “Now is the time to prioritize family planning – as a strategy to reduce maternal mortality, to improve the lives of women and their families, and ultimately, to enable broad and enduring economic development,” said Dr. Amy Tsui, Director of the Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a lead conference organizer.

To launch this landmark meeting, Melinda Gates will welcome over 2,000 participants in a video address. An opening plenary will feature remarks from: His Excellency Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal; Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, the First Lady of Burkina Faso; the Honorable Stephen O’Brien, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of DFID; and Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Populations Fund.

“We are honored to have such an influential group of experts together in Africa – precisely where the need is greatest, and the hurdles highest. We believe that this conference will shape the future of families and nations and will be a milestone event for women, men, youth and children worldwide,” said Dr. Tsui.

As the conference opens today, the need for family planning access, affordability, and effectiveness has never been greater – but nor have the solutions been more attainable. The wealth of scientific knowledge, family planning experience, and critical discussions at ICFP will help ensure that universal access to family planning becomes a reality.

The ICFP is co-sponsored by more than 30 international organizations including USAID, DFID, AFD, UNFPA, WHO, European Commission, World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • Accredited press may register for ICFP in-person at Le Méridien President Hotel, Dakar
  • Follow the conference on Twitter: @FPDakar2011, #ICFP2011
  • For more information, please visit: www.fpconference2011.org

Third Media Advisory: 

Contact:
Heather Anderson (New York)
T: +1.646.862.1810
handerson@globalhealthstrategies.com

Leaders Gather for Landmark Conference to Address Global Family Planning Needs

International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) will draw more than 2,000 global health experts and policymakers to Dakar, Senegal on 29 November – 2 December 2011

November 14, 2011 – In just two weeks, leading reproductive health and HIV experts from around the world will gather in Dakar, Senegal for the largest family planning conference in history, the 2011 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP).

The meeting comes just four weeks after the world’s population hit a staggering seven billion. It also takes place amidst renewed enthusiasm for creative, effective ways to meet the family planning needs of 215 million women around the world. “We are thrilled by the support this meeting has garnered, and we are grateful to our hosts, the Government of Senegal,” said Amy Tsui, Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a conference organizer. “Family planning is an issue whose time on the global stage has come.”

The conference opens on Tuesday, 29 November with a video address by Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Plenaries and three high-level press conferences over subsequent days will feature dignitaries from across Africa, key donor agencies from the US, France, and the UK – including DFID Under-Secretary Stephen O’Brien – and top researchers and advocates in the field.

Sessions on Wednesday, 30 November will focus on the ‘demographic dividend,’ which links health and social development – including access to contraception – with strong upward trends in economic growth. A closed-door high-level meeting will convene African finance and health ministers to strategize ways to unleash this phenomenon across the region. Plenaries will highlight family planning success stories from Senegal, Indonesia, Ethiopia and India, and will feature candid discussions with demographers on accelerating progress.

The conference spans World AIDS Day, Thursday, 1 December. Given recent research suggesting a link between hormonal contraception and HIV, a special panel of experts will convene to discuss research implications and ways to safely meet the dual protection needs of women, particularly in Africa. A number of new technologies in the pipeline, combining anti-retrovirals and contraceptive hormones, could revolutionize protection for women and will be discussed in detail.

As the conference closes on Friday, 2 December, thousands of advocates will call on global leaders to commit the funds and political will necessary to address unmet family planning need, while accelerating progress on contraceptive research and development. The ICFP is an historic opportunity to put family planning on the forefront of the global development agenda, thereby shaping the future of health, development, and security worldwide.

The ICFP is co-sponsored by more than 30 international organizations including: USAID, DFID, AFD, UNFPA, WHO, European Commission, World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
WHAT: International Conference on Family Planning 2011

WHEN: Tuesday, 29 November – Friday, 2 December 2011

WHERE:  Le Méridien Président, Dakar, Senegal
For more information on ICFP, please visit: www.fpconference2011.org

Follow us on Twitter @FPDakar2011 and find us on Facebook.

 

Second Media Advisory

Contact:
Heather Anderson (New York)
T: +1.646.862.1810
handerson@globalhealthstrategies.com

Momentum on Family Planning Builds Ahead of Historic Dakar Meeting; World’s Population Nears Seven Billion 

International Conference on Family Planning will convene nearly 2,000 policymakers, scientists, and advocates in Senegal on November 29 to December 2.

October 10, 2011 — The world’s population is set to hit seven billion this month, a major milestone with implications for the health and rights of individuals everywhere. Worldwide, 215 million women have an unmet need for family planning – a number that is sure to rise unless unprecedented action is taken. In a world of seven billion, empowering women and ensuring access to contraception for all individuals is a critical development strategy with wide-reaching benefits.

The International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) will draw on renewed political support and funding for family planning – as well as the latest in contraception research – to galvanize action and results. The number of registered participants has surpassed a staggering 1,500, with space now limited only to press.

“We’ve seen overwhelming enthusiasm from researchers, advocates, and policymakers alike, ensuring that ICFP 2011 will be the largest meeting of its kind,” said Amy Tsui, Director of The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a conference organizer. “It’s clear that now is the time to turn the world’s focus to family planning. The Government of Senegal has shown tremendous commitment to these issues as host of this event.”

The Vice Presidents of Ghana and Malawi will give keynote speeches, and Melinda Gates will open the conference with a video address. Plenaries and special sessions will feature DFID Under-Secretary Stephen O’Brien and First Ladies of Senegal, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mozambique, as well as health and finance ministers from across Africa. Press conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 30, and Thursday, December 1 (World AIDS Day).

The ICFP takes place in Dakar, in the heart of West Africa where fertility rates are among the highest in the world. Lack of access to contraception is a key contributor to unintended pregnancies, and in turn maternal and infant mortality. While global progress has been made, maternal death rates remain at dangerously high levels in sub-Saharan Africa. Access to contraception is a cornerstone in efforts to reduce maternal mortality, and to improve the lives of women and their families.

“A world of seven billion people is a distinctive moment in history. It represents an achievement, as well as an unprecedented challenge for the future of the planet and its inhabitants. It also presents a rare opportunity for a call-to-action to renew global commitment for a healthy and sustainable world.” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

The ICFP is co-sponsored by more than 30 international organizations including USAID, DFID, AFD, UNFPA, WHO, European Commission, World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

WHAT: International Conference on Family Planning 2011

WHEN: Tuesday, 29 November – Friday, 2 December 2011

WHERE:  Le Méridien Président, Dakar, Senegal

Register for ICFP – in person or virtually – here: www.fpconference2011.org/registration

For more information on ICFP, please visit: www.fpconference2011.org

Follow us on Twitter @FPDakar2011 and find us on Facebook.

For questions, please contact: media@fpconference2011.org

 

First Media Advisory: Save the Date

Contact:
Heather Anderson (New York)
T: +1.773.383.1482
handerson@globalhealthstrategies.com 

Global Leaders to Unveil Latest Family Planning Advancements at Landmark Conference in Dakar 

International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) will draw over 1,000 scientists, global health experts, policymakers, and advocates to Dakar, Senegal, on 29 November – 2 December 2011

September 19, 2011 — Leading experts from around the world will gather in Dakar, Senegal, in late November to share the latest research in contraceptive technology, to discuss the impact of family planning programs on the lives of women and children on the ground, and to strategize ways to meet the family planning needs of millions worldwide. Access to voluntary family planning helps to advance the health and wellbeing of women and their families, and has been increasingly heralded as a crucial strategy for global development.

With more than 140 sessions over the 3 conference days, panelists and speakers will present the latest research on methods and best practices that can help women and men plan the number, spacing, and timing of their children. The conference will foster critical discussions and decisive action to increase access for the 215 million women who want to avoid or delay pregnancy, but do not use or have access to modern contraception. Highlights will include:

  • High-Level Speakers: The Vice Presidents of Ghana and Malawi will give keynote speeches, and Melinda Gates will open the conference with a video address. In addition, health and finance ministers from across Africa will attend, along with DFID Under Secretary Stephen O’Brien and the First Ladies of Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Senegal.
  • Contraceptive Technology Innovations: Scientists and public health experts will review the latest advances in contraceptive research, from new methods in the pipeline to innovative approaches to improve existing methods.
  • Renewed Focus on Youth: Young people from a wide range of countries will reinforce the reasons why investing in family planning is an investment in the future.

The ICFP, co-sponsored by over 30 international organizations including USAID, DFID, AFD, UNFPA, WHO, European Commission, World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will galvanize renewed political and financial commitment to family planning from leaders across sectors. Last year, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation partnered with AusAID, DFID, and USAID to launch a global initiative to reduce unmet family planning need by 100 million over five years. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and partners also launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, providing a roadmap on how to improve women’s health through access to reproductive health, including voluntary family planning and contributing $40 billion to the cause. With the world’s population set to exceed 7 billion next month, access to contraceptives has become an ever more critical health and rights issue for women, their families, and nations worldwide.

WHAT: International Conference on Family Planning 2011

WHEN: Tuesday, 29 November – Friday, 2 December 2011

WHERE:  Le Méridien Président, Dakar, Senegal

ELECTRONIC UPDATES AND AN ONLINE PRESS ROOM WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR MEDIA UNABLE TO ATTEND. Follow us at @FPDakar2011