In order to engage the broader family planning community beyond international delegations joining the conference in Rwanda, we are pleased to support select satellite events on World Contraception Day (26 September) in a number of FP2020 countries.
These events will build excitement for the 2018 ICFP and extend the reach of important family planning conversations into national and local communities.
The map below highlights the impressive upcoming programs, along with several partner events also timed to World Contraception Day. (*Denotes official satellite event.)
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Youth Health International
Youth Health International is gathering high-level policymakers and key stakeholders for a day of music, theater and storytelling performances to highlight investments in family planning as a “best buy” for Cameroon. Women and girls will share personal stories and experiences to encourage smart policy and concerted action to expand access to family planning.
Mbencho Andrew Milan
Mach’Allah SYSTEM will host an awareness day and concert to engage young people on the importance of condom use and family planning. With over 500 young people expected to attend, the event will elevate family planning discussion and awareness among youth, a key population.
Marius Djegang Dingamnodji
SERAC-Bangladesh is convening youth advocates for a policy dialogue in advance of the Director General of Family Planning and other Bangladeshi delegates’ attendance at the 2018 ICFP. The event will gather young people from across the country to share perspectives and encourage delegates to convey youth-focused messages and ideas at ICFP.
Mr. Abdul Wad
IYAFP Cote d’Ivoire
IYAFP will host a conference advocating for the training and placement of family planning specialists. Decision-makers, public and private sector influencers and National Assembly members will also discuss the need for advocacy to provide free condoms in schools.
Muslim Family Counselling Services*
Ghana recently added family planning to its national health insurance. In recognition of this important step, Muslim Family Counselling Services is bringing together faith leaders and other leaders and policymakers to discuss plans to fully implement the new policy and emphasize the importance of funding for contraceptive security.
Mohammed Bun Bida
Gramin Punarnriman Sansthan*
Gramin Punarnirman Sansthan, a CSO in Uttar Predesh, is hosting an advocacy panel discussion and Q&A to bring together decision-makers and community members to discuss local issues. The district-level event will also highlight family planning successes and the champions who helped facilitate them.
Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu*
Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu will bring together representatives of the Indonesian government and the Technical Working Group on Adolescent Reproductive Health to discuss unmet contraceptive needs and the adolescent fertility rate. Representatives in attendance will create a joint action plan to identify synergies in the work of youth programs and organizations advocating for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, and to advance policy priorities.
Women Promotion Centre*
The Women Promotion Centre is hosting an event focused on ensuring that the interests of young women are represented in national policy advocacy. Community leaders, policymakers and young female grassroots sexual and reproductive health and rights activists will discuss barriers to and opportunities for the full implementation of the national Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy.
Myanmar Partners in Policy and Research
Myanmar Partners in Policy and Research will lead a youth march to raise awareness about the importance of contraception among unmarried young people. In Myanmar, where the use of contraception among unmarried youth is taboo, the march will combat stigma and lack of sex education and help create an open social environment for contraceptive use.
Dr. Phyo Thet Lwin
African Development and Empowerment Foundation (AfricanDEF)*
AfricanDEF is convening community birth attendants to encourage their work as family planning advocates for pregnant women in their care. The event will support the creation of new partnerships and networks to drive family planning, including a memorandum of understanding between the state ministries of health, women and youth affairs to promote family planning for women in rural communities.
Knit Together Initiative*
Knit Together Initiative will engage family planning advocates from diverse sectors to accelerate action for family planning programs and investments. Attendees will sign commitments to advocate for increased investments, support expanded programs and champion policy implementation to expand access.
Pathfinder International is increasing awareness of the importance of access to family planning services for young people and for women post-pregnancy among key stakeholders in diverse sectors. Panel discussions will highlight progress, gaps and next steps to achieve Pakistan’s FP2020 goals.
Republic of the Congo
International Youth Alliance for Family planning Congo (IYAFP-Congo)*
The International Youth Alliance for Family Planning – Congo (IYAFP-Congo) is convening civil society representatives, parliamentarians, local elected officials, development partners and youth for an exciting event designed to educate, assess and mobilize action. Attendees will learn more about the benefits of family planning, and leave poised to call on decision-makers to fulfill the country’s family planning commitments.
Ornael Mikhael Djembo
Health Development Initiative*
Health Development Initiative will engage youth through targeted outreach in Nyaruguru District, the district with the lowest contraceptive prevalence rate in Rwanda. The event will create a safe, stigma-free space for family planning discussion and counselling. Youth and policymakers will discuss gaps in access to resources and develop a joint action plan.
Strive for Health-Rwanda
Strive for Health-Rwanda will host an event to engage youth in one of the largest rural indigenous communities in Rwanda. The event will use film to demonstrate the role of family planning in the family, society and country, addressing community-specific sociocultural barriers to access and encouraging youth to advocate for family planning and work to change traditional attitudes.
Young and Alive Initiative*
Young and Alive Initiative will convene leaders from diverse sectors in the Mbeya region to discuss barriers to sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people in the region. Attendees—from policymakers and decision-makers to youth and religious leaders—will evaluate possible solutions and advocate for key budget and policy measures at the local level.
Amara Hub is convening education, faith, health, local government and civil society leaders to encourage action from all sectors in the interest of expanding access to family planning. Leaders in attendance will form a committee to drive forward shared agreements and maintain a consistent rallying cry in favor of family planning.
Bridget Kezaabu Odongo
Public Health Ambassadors Uganda*
Healthcare professionals, students, academics and policymakers will gather for a two-day symposium, hosted by Public Health Ambassadors Uganda. The symposium will engage these experts for discussion, policy review, presentations and exhibits, highlighting opportunities and challenges related to achieving the demographic dividend in Uganda.