CARE participated in the third International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from Nov 12th to 15th, 2013. The November 2013 conference is co-hosted by The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia with a multitude of international and national partners. The conference was an great opportunity to examine cutting edge research and program strategies that are helping to advance the health and well being of families worldwide.
For CARE, the conference is an important forum for sharing our particular niche in sexual and reproductive health and rights programming. CARE had over 19 staff participating from Chad, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, India, Mali, and USA. They represented the CARE SRMH team, and gave 7 presentations and 5 poster presentations during the conference. The presentations drew heavily from the learning of some key CARE family planning programs, including Social Change for Family Planning Results Initiative in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Rwanda, the Supporting Access to Family Planning and Post-Abortion Care (SAF-PAC) Initiative in Chad, Djibouti, DRC, Mali and Pakistan.

CARE's key presentations and posters on the ICFP 2013 are listed below, as well as CARE staff's reflections on attending the ICFP 2013.

Presentations“Public and private family planning discourse: how community dialogues influence couple conversations about family planning”
“Shifting social norms to enable family planning: The Family Planning Results Initiative in Kenya and Ethiopia”
“Providing high quality family planning services in crisis-affected settings: Results of the Supporting Access to Family Planning and Post-Abortion Care (SAFPAC) Initiative”
“Addressing the unmet need for family planning among widowed and divorced women in East and West Haraghe, Ethiopia: Support groups and community dialogue to fight stigma”
Social Networks: novel methods for engaging communities to act on unmet need for FP

PostersPolicy implementation to improve access to family planning: Using local police to promote women’s right to family planning using national sexual and reproductive policy in Chad
Sustainability in unstable environments: Developing national capacity for training in FP methods

Conference Reflections/Blogs
Marcie Rubardt, Senior Technical Advisor, CARE USA.
Dora Ward Curry, Senior Technical Advisor, CARE USA.
Désiré KIMUHA, Quality Advisor, SAFPAC Initiative, CARE DRCDr Aliou Alcaya Touré, Program Manager, SAFPAC Initiative, CARE Mali

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