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[16days_discussion] Fwd: Intl. Conference on Family Planning to Call for ‘Full Access, Full Choice’ - 12-15 Nov 2013 in Ethiopia

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*Family Planning Leaders to Call for ‘Full Access, Full Choice’ at Third 
International Conference on Family Planning*

/Thousands of experts, advocates and leaders will gather in Addis Ababa, 
Ethiopia, in November to assess global family planning progress and 
challenges one year out from the historic London Summit/

*Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13 August 2013* – Thousands of political 
leaders, scientists, health care professionals, advocates and young 
leaders from around the globe will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 
12-15 November 2013 for the Third International Conference on Family 
Planning (ICFP 2013). Organized around the theme “Full Access, Full 
Choice,” ICFP 2013 will call attention to the wide-ranging benefits of 
helping couples plan and space their births and take stock of progress 
to ensure that everyone has access to voluntary family planning services 
and methods that meet their needs.

ICFP 2013 will be held one year after the 2012 London Summit on Family 
Planning, which generated unprecedented political will and financial 
support to reduce global unmet need for family planning by giving 120 
million more women access to modern contraceptives by 2020. At ICFP 
2013, participants will share the latest data, research and program 
findings to help achieve the Summit’s goal. The conference, which is 
jointly organized by the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia and the Bill and 
Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns 
Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will be preceded by a 
High-Level Ministerial Meeting on 12 November, focusing on youth and the 
Demographic Dividend.

“New political and financial commitments have reinvigorated global 
family planning. Countries including Ethiopia, Malawi and Rwanda have 
stepped up, but there is still much work to be done,” said Jose “Oying” 
Rimon, Deputy Director of the Gates Institute. “ICFP 2013 is an 
opportunity to share strategies for success and continue building 
momentum to achieve full contraceptive access and choice for everyone 

The conference will recognize nations that have made new or expanded 
commitments to family planning and have seen the benefits of doing so. 
Among them is the conference’s host country, Ethiopia. Thanks to new 
commitments from its government, Ethiopia doubled the number of women 
with access to contraceptives between 2005 and 2011, and reduced 
unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions and maternal and child 
mortality. Expanding family planning also leads to better child 
nutrition, improved educational attainment and stronger national economies.

“Ethiopia has seen firsthand how giving a woman the resources she needs 
to plan her pregnancies improves not only the woman’s life, but also the 
health and well-being of her family and community,” said Dr. 
Kesetebirhan Admasu, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health. “We look forward to 
sharing Ethiopia’s successes with the international community, and are 
eager to learn from the experiences of others who are expanding access 
to family planning.”

*WHAT:* International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) 2013

*WHEN:* 12-15 November 2013

*WHERE:* African Union Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

*REGISTRATION:* Conference registration is now open, and members of the 
media are invited to apply for accreditation to attend the conference at 
no cost. To register for ICFP 2013, please visit 

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Leah Sandals, Global Health Strategies

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