Ethiopia Ready to Host the 3rd IFPC
Ethiopia is ready to host the 3rd International Family Planning Conference (3rd IFPC) under the theme “Full Access and Full Choice” from 12-15 November 2013. In the conference that will be held in the new African Union Conference Centre about 4000 health researchers, academicians, scientists, educators, programmers, policy makers are expected to participate.
Organized by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health issues like success stories on Family planning, best practises, different approaches and strategies will be highlighted.
Ethiopia was chosen to host this important event for the country’s strong commitment to family planning and increasing access to family planning, 100% increase in the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) (from 14.7% to 29% in 2010 (EDHS 2011) and its success towards cost effective health extension program.
With regard to Family planning FMoH agreed that although efforts has been made towards Goal 5 (Reducing Maternal Mortality by 75%), still lots of work remain to be done to achieve its plan (Reduce Maternal mortality to 267/100,000lb) in Millennium Development Goals in 2015.
Therefore, it is known that Ethiopia has undertaken serious initiative measures to reducing maternal mortality through the provision of clean and safe delivery at the HEP level, skilled delivery and emergency obstetric care at facility level and most importantly family planning at all levels of the health care system.
Accordingly the country has committed to increasing access to Family Planning that in turn plays a role in decreasing unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortion which are the major causes of maternal mortality.
In the 3rd IFPC topics like contraceptive financing; family planning and adolescents; innovations in contraceptive service delivery; family planning and sustainable development; health benefits of family planning; contraceptive technology updates; integrating family planning services; family planning and abortion; family planning for underserved or vulnerable populations; and innovations in family planning monitoring, evaluation and research among others presented and discussed .
Therefore in the 3rd IFPC participant countries of the world share their best Family Planning lessons Ethiopia will present its achievements and areas that need improvement to the world situation and even to share other countries Family Planning experience and best research outcomes.
The conference will be glorified for the country is at the time of celebrating its 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and it provided an opportunity to showcase its ancient civilizations, rich traditions, culture and abundant natural resources, it is known.