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Information about workshops, meetings or special events are described below. Check back as more may be added in the coming weeks. Please contact the workshop coordinator listed with each workshop for more information or registration details.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Bringing New People to Family Planning: Fertility Awareness Methods
Workshop for Trainers
Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University
Contact: Dina Abi-Rached, 
da262@georgetown.edu, +1-202-687-5745 
Workshop Brochure

The Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University (IRH) has organized a one day workshop to offer trainers, both familiar with and new to fertility awareness methods (FAM), a forum to learn about and discuss FAM and its integration into existing training and services. The goal of this workshop is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of master trainers to support integration of the Standard Days Method® and Lactational Amenorrhea Method into existing training.

Sunday, 15 November 2009, 10:00am-4:00pm

Building African Leadership on Population and Climate Change
Population Reference Bureau
Contact: Jason Bremner, jbremner@prb.org, +1-202-939-5436
By Invitation Only
Flyer and Application

The goal of this workshop is to create a cadre of African professionals, researchers, and policymakers who are knowledgeable about the linkages between population, climate change, and adaptation, and who are empowered to participate in discussions of the role of social adaptation strategies, including family planning, in national action plans and organizational strategies that address climate change.  The workshop is being organized by the Population Reference Bureau with contributions from Population Action International and other experts. To be considered for participation, please complete the application and return to Jason Bremner.

Sunday, 15 November 2009, 10:00am-12:00pm

Sharing the Results of the Study of the Implementation of the Maputo Plan of Action (MPOA) in Africa - Level of the Implementation of MPOA                                                     International Planned Federation Africa Regional office (IPPFAR)                                      Contact: Cheick Ouedraogo, couedraogo@ippfaro.org, +254-020-2720280/1/2

The purpose of the session is to share among partners the results of the study on the implementation of the Maputo plan of action (MPOA) in Africa, build solid networks around the acceleration of country implementation of the MPOA to meet the objectives of the continental policy framework for SRHR.

This study was conducted in collaboration with all Partners working on the substantive issue at country. The rationale for discussing the matter rests on the need to re-invigorate the implementation of the MPoA and report on progress towards the attainment of the MDGs.

By way of sharing the level and outputs of the implementation of the MPoA towards the achievement of the health related MDGs in Africa, the international community will be updated about potentials, weaknesses, national priorities and efficient use of resources in countries towards the achievement of universal access to SRHR.

The evidence generated will be used to mobilise more resource and advocate for high political commitment at countries level to boost the implementation at countries level. By the same token, the session will help highlight some major processes and best practices regarding the implementation of the MPoA. Presenters, key discussants will include UNFPA, AU and IPPF.

Sunday, 15 November 2009, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Launch of the Women Leaders Initiative                                                                        International Planned Federation Africa Regional office (IPPFAR)                                      Contact: Josephine Mutingi, jmutungi@ippfaro.org, alangat@ippfaro.org,+254-020-2720280/1/2

The IPPF Africa Region in collaboration with the Packard Foundation will launch an initiative that aims to harness African women’s leadership to advocate for increased national and regional commitments in policies, laws and budgetary allocations for sexual and reproductive health.

The project titled ‘Mobilizing African Women Leaders to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health’ seeks to establish a robust network of African women leaders from throughout the continent to influence positive and tangible change in national and regional commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights. The network is expected to translate the collective voices of women’s leaders through vibrant and visible advocacy interventions at national and regional levels.

The meeting will introduce the project to key stakeholders attending the International Family Planning Conference, including women leaders, researchers, service providers, government officials, development partners, media, and engage them in discussions on how best to operationalize and sustain the network.

Monday, 16 November 2009, 6:00-7:00pm

Marie Stopes International Cocktail Event
Stables Restaurant 

Marie Stopes International will host a cocktail event. Dana Hovig (CEO) will launch the MSI calculator to measure the impact of family planning programmes.

Monday, 16 November 2009, 7:00pm

Costing for Scale Up: A Skills-Building Workshop
Family Health International        
Contact: Kate H. Rademacher,
krademacher@fhi.org, +1-919- 544-7040, ext. 11171          

During this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to estimate costs when reproductive health innovations are scaled up. Often, program managers and policymakers mistakenly assume that estimating the cost of running a program at scale simply involves multiplying the costs of the pilot project by the number of proposed sites in the scale up scenario. Instead, incremental analysis is required to assess the costs of scaling up. Planners must determine which pilot costs will be applicable at scale, and which costs will increase or decrease when an innovation is expanded or replicated. After completing the workshop, participants will be able to: 1) identify the steps involved in costing a pilot intervention; 2) understand that scale up costs cannot be computed with simple multipliers of pilot costs; 3) identify ways that pilot costs differ from costs when an innovation is taken to scale; and 4) estimate costs of scaling up. Participants will apply new knowledge and skills during the workshop by completing an in-depth case which includes several costing exercises. The case is based on a scenario involving a FP/HIV integration initiative in fictitious east African health clinics. 

Monday, 16 November 2009, 7:00-8:30pm

Maximizing the Contribution of Family Planning through the First Year Postpartum
Contact: Angela Nash-Mercado,
anash-mercado@jhpiego.net, +1-410-537-1894

Postpartum family planning (PPFP) has important implications for FP service delivery. This workshop will share experiences, tools and lessons learned from field-based programs implemented by ACCESS-FP, a USAID global associate award led by Jhpiego with the mandate of reducing unmet need for family planning among postpartum women. Participants attending this workshop will have opportunities to interact with PPFP experts through presentations and hands-on demonstrations. The workshop will start off with an overview of PPFP, including the rationale, content, and global best practices, followed by five featured demonstrations. Participants will then choose 3 out of 5 concurrent demonstrations to attend. The demonstrations will include: 1) lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) and transition; 2) postpartum IUCD insertion; 3) postpartum tubal ligation; 4) PPFP resources and advocacy; and 5) Country experience: introducing postnatal care and family planning (PNC/FP) in Kenya. The closing remarks will then highlight key messages and programmatic considerations for implementing PPFP programs. Download this invitation for more information.

Monday, 16 November 2009, 7:00-8:30pm

Female Condom Programming: breaking down the barriers! 
Universal Access to Female Condoms' UAFC Joint Programme 
Contact: Ilze Smit, 
i.smit@wpf.org, 0031-302393888 

Because many people judge the female condom without ever seeing, let alone using one, we will give a female condom demonstration. The different prejudices will be discussed with the audience while showing the different female condom models.

  • Research findings on female condoms and female condom programming will be presented to ground the statements on evidence. Studies on the acceptability and effectiveness of female condom programming give insights in the need for the female condom. 
  • On the other side, barriers and challenges (lack of comprehensive programming, lack of variety, the current procurement price of the female condom, need for demand creation, supply chain management) will be discussed. 
  • Breaking down the barriers by implementing a large-scale female condom programme: the best practices of ‘Universal Access to Female Condom’ (UAFC) Joint Programme in Nigeria and Cameroon.

Monday, 16 November 2009, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Developing cost-effective interventions to increase modern contraceptive use: Insights and challenges from Nigeria and India  
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) 
Contact: Jean Christophe Fotso, 
jcfotso@aphrc.org, +254-20-272-0400; +254-736-342-363 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (URHI) aims to increase modern contraceptive use in selected urban areas of five countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal) and South Asia (India and Pakistan). Key elements of the Initiative include 1) integrating of FP services with maternal and newborn health and HIV/AIDS services; 2) improving the quality of FP services; 3) increasing FP access through public-private partnerships; and 4) creating sustained demand for FP services among the urban poor. While the Initiative will be designed and implemented by country-based consortiums, the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) project will use state-of-the-art methods to evaluate the impact of the Initiative on modern contraceptive use and examine related questions such as inequities and pathways leading to the observed increase.

The goal of the workshop is to: 1) present the URHI in India and Nigeria and highlight the opportunities and challenges; 2) describe the MLE design, framework and plans; 3) present plans for dissemination of findings and best practices –including but not limited to the project’s website; and 4) get wider inputs, comments and suggestions from workshop participants. A cocktail reception will be served at the beginning of the workshop.

Monday, 16 November 2009, 7:00-9:00pm

Leaping the Hurdles and Navigating the Maze: Getting Funding from NIH
US National Institutes of Health, Center for Population Research 
Contact: Susan Newcomer, newcomes@mail.nih.gov, +1-301-435-6981 

Dr. Newcomer, a staff member at the US NIH, will outline the NIH and its general approach to soliciting, reviewing and funding research on contraceptive use and reproductive health. She will provide tips on grant writing.

Monday, 16 November 2009, 7:00pm-9:00pm

A Dialogue on Effective Health Systems for Family Planning
Management Sciences for Health
Contact: Laura Sider Jost, lsider@msh.org, +1-617-250-9459

During this interview-style roundtable event, thought leaders in global health will discuss what it means to build effective, integrated health systems that provide universal access to family planning and reproductive health services. How can initiatives in health care financing, health information, health service delivery, human resources for health, pharmaceutical management, and leadership and management bolster family planning and reproductive health? If we believe that integrated health services are necessary for sustainable impact, how do we orchestrate the fragmented system we have today? Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Registration is open to the public.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 6:30-8:30pm

How to Expand Community-Based Access to Injectable Contraceptives: Tools for Program Managers
Family Health International
Contact: Morrisa Malkin,
MMalkin@fhi.org, +1-919-544-7040 x11475
Registration Form

This workshop is intended to help health officials and managers of community-based family planning programs prepare for, advocate for and implement community-based distribution (CBD) of injectable contraceptives in their countries and communities.

A fun, interactive workshop format will orient participants to tools, job aids and other resources that can assist them in adding injectables to their current CBD program or in strengthening their existing CBD of injectables program. Two examples of implementation tools are a new standardized training curriculum for CBD agents and a step-by-step program implementation guide. This south-to-south forum provides an opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences around CBD of injectables. Participants can learn from and ask questions of programmatic experts from countries that have already implemented CBD of injectables.

The workshop is from 19.00 - 20.30 hrs. Prior to the workshop, a hors d'oeuvres reception will be held from 18.30 - 19.00 hrs. 

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email or fax this form to the workshop organizer.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 7:00-9:00pm

IBP Technology Café 
World Health Organization, Implementing Best Practices Initiative 
Contact: Maura Graff, 
mgraff@jhsph.edu, +1-410-502-8715

A Technology Café is an interactive session that provides organizations and agencies with the opportunity to showcase, demonstrate and discuss their electronic tools and media, such as web sites, CD-ROMs, communities of practice, and eLearning courses.  Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using these tools with guidance from a facilitator.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 7:00-9:00pm

From Family Planning Research to Public Policies in Africa: Strategic Campaign Imperatives
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
Contact: Charles Okigbo,
cokigbo@aphrc.org, 254-20-2720-400 / 254-735-153-409                      

This workshop is designed for researchers, program officers and administrators who are interested in the little-understood processes and strategies for translating research results into public policies, using strategic advocacy campaign approaches. Much of our valuable research results in family planning should lead to actionable public and private policies to improve the lives of our people. Unfortunately, this is not the case now. This workshop provides a broad introduction with specific illustrations of advocacy campaign strategies that can be used to influence policy makers in family planning and related health areas. The major topics covered are: Advocacy campaign philosophy, strategic planning, campaign strategies and tactics, the 13-step process, relevant communication theories, persuasion, integrated marketing communications, and why some campaigns fail. Some attention will be paid to the role of leadership in organizational effectiveness. This workshop is designed to appeal to participants from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds and no prior knowledge of advocacy, public affairs or public policy making is required to learn from and participate actively in the presentation. A short reading list will be provided along with lecture slides. Professor Charles Okigbo, APHRC, Kenya and North Dakota State University, Fargo.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 7:00-10:00pm

Community and Social Change in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning Programs: Strategies for Measuring Change
Pathfinder International, CARE, Jhpiego, UNFPA, Georgetown University/ Institute for Reproductive Health
  Cate Lane, Pathfinder International, clane@pathfind.org, +1-202-775-1977
  Susan Igras, GU/IRH,

Family planning programs that include significant community participation yield more positive results, especially in regards to community norms and values that influence sexual and reproductive health, such as appropriate age of marriage and first birth, child spacing practices, use of available services and quality of care. Sexual and reproductive health behavior change (such as increased use of family planning methods) is more likely to be sustained in communities that undergo normative change. The Interagency Youth Working Group (especially Pathfinder International, Advocates for Youth, CARE and UNFPA) developed Community Pathways to Improved Adolescent and Sexual Health: A Conceptual Framework and Suggested Outcome Indicators. While this document was specific to adolescents, the concepts are broad and can be applied to a number of populations where there is significant unmet need or high rates of method discontinuation. Importantly, indicators that measure community involvement for improved health outcomes are presented. The workshop will present this framework, as well as relevant experiences from CARE, Pathfinder Kenya, UNFPA and ACCESS FP (and possibly Save the Children) that show has this framework or other community involvement methodologies (such as Community Action Cycle) have been operationalized in programming and the results that have been achieved. Importantly, the workshop will provide participants with new skills in developing, implementing and assessing effective community involvement strategies. Participants will have an opportunity to first apply the framework to a case study (which will be developed by the workshop collaborators). As time permits, participants will be encouraged to apply the framework to their own programs by identifying possible strategies and activities to strengthen community involvement that is linked to health outcomes, and selecting indicators to measure community involvement, with the assistance and expertise of the workshop facilitators.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 7:00-8:30pm

Models for Policy and Advocacy
Futures Group International
Contact: Suneeta Sharma,
ssharma@futuresgroup.com, +1-202-777-9713

This session provides an introduction to Policy and Advocacy models for family planning. The models are part of the Spectrum suite of policy models, which uses a unified set of Windows-based commands that are easy to master. We will focus on six models: DemProj, FamPlan, AIDS Impact Model (AIM), RAPID, Safe Motherhood Model, and Allocate. DemProj projects the population of a country or region by age and sex and provides the demographic inputs required for other Spectrum models. FamPlan projects family planning requirements to reach national goals for addressing unmet need or achieving desired fertility. AIM examines the consequences of the HIV epidemic, including the number of people living with HIV, new infections, orphans, and AIDS deaths by age and sex. RAPID projects the social and economic consequences of high fertility and rapid population growth for such sectors as labor, education, health, urbanization, and agriculture. Safe Motherhood Model helps managers to gain a better understanding of the impacts of policies, budgets, and service delivery improvements on maternal health outcomes, particularly the country’s maternal mortality ratio. Finally, Allocate examines the linkages and interactive impacts of changing decisions about funding levels for FP, safe motherhood, and postabortion care. Participants will learn the data needs and outcomes of all six models, while looking at results from country-specific applications.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Round-table discussion about the role and expansion of menstrual regulation              Venture Strategies for Health and Development                                                                         Contact: Nadia Diamond-Smith, ndiamondsmith@venturestrategies.org, +1-510-914-4586

Menstrual regulation (M.R.) is bringing on a late menstrual period without knowing whether a woman is pregnant or not.  It can be achieved with either manual vacuum aspiration or misoprostol.  M.R. was initiated in the United States in the 1960s.  The term was adopted in Bangladesh in the 1970s, where it continues today as a legal procedure.  In contrast, abortion in Bangladesh is still not legal.  M.R. has spread to urban Indonesia and parts of India.  Join us for a round-table discussion on the state of menstrual regulation today, and we will brainstorm about the potential for making it available for women in additional countries.  Dr. Malcolm Potts, a pioneer of M.R., will open the discussion.  We will invite the group to ask questions and share their experiences or views about M.R. in their country or setting.  We hope to foster a lively discussion about opportunities for expanding awareness of M.R. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 7:30pm-9:00pm

Population and Reproductive Health at the World Bank: 2010‐2015                                       The World Bank                                                                                                                    Contact: Seemeen Saadat, ssaadat@worldbank.org

Population and Reproductive Health is one of the priority areas identified in the Bank's 10-year strategy for health, nutrition and population, produced in 2007. The Bank is preparing this draft Action Plan to lay out the key issues, challenges and opportunities for the Bank as it seeks to mobilize greater attention and support and deepen its work with partner agencies for reproductive health programs, as a central part of the Bank's focus on strengthening country health systems and efforts to accelerate progress toward MDGs 4 and 5.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009, 10:00am-12:00pm 

STEPS: Steps to Transforming Evaluation Practice for Social Change Workshop 
Margaret Sanger Center International, Planned Parenthood New York City
Contact: Jacqueline Hart, 
Jacqueline.Hart@ppnyc.org, +1-212-274-7343 

STEPS (Steps to Transforming Evaluation Practice for Social Change) is a program planning, monitoring and evaluation toolkit, developed by Margaret Sanger Center International, at Planned Parenthood of New York City, and funded by the Ford Foundation and the World Bank reproductive health program. STEPS grew out of a shift in international development goals, from a narrow focus on family planning services and population control, to a broader rights-based social justice perspective on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) that emphasizes empowering women and gender equality. This workshop will provide an overview of how STEPS can help organizations develop and evaluate sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) interventions.  We will demonstrate how STEPS can assist in breaking down women's empowerment and gender equality into measurable and locally relevant components that can be the basis for programming and evaluation. STEPS emphasizes self-learning in order to make monitoring and evaluation (M&E) a meaningful and continuous aspect of the program process.  It supports those who are most familiar with the program -those who directly provide services and the recipients of those services- to actively participate in M&E. STEPS is available free of charge, in both English and Spanish, on the Internet (at www.stepstoolkit.org) and on CD-ROM.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009, 11:00am-1:00pm

Expanding What We Know about Abortion and Contraceptive Use: A Workshop on an Innovative Survey Methodology
International Center for Research on Women
Contact: Susan Lee-Rife,
Advanced registration required; if space available, onsite registration accepted

The ICRW workshop will build skills and capacity to generate high quality data for better understanding and addressing women's experiences and needs regarding abortion and contraceptive use. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to an innovative methodology to collect in-depth information on women's reproductive behavior, including decision-making processes, factors leading to unwanted pregnancies, and barriers to accessing services. This methodology uses a unique narrative/mixed methods approach to generate a single, large-scale survey that produces data and results that are generalizable to a broader population through standard sampling techniques. In addition, the methodology allows for the capture of this information by pregnancy interval, offering important programmatic insight into the changing needs of women throughout their reproductive life course. The improved data generated by this approach offer new possibilities for researchers to understand the motivations, constraints, and reproductive needs of women in developing countries. This workshop will provide an important opportunity to demonstrate to other researchers an effective approach for collecting the high-quality data that is essential for creating sound policy and programming on family planning and abortion.

Thursday, 19 November 2009, 8:15am-5:15pm

Practicum on Family Planning Communication and Advocacy Responses in Africa
Contact person: Charles Kakaire, ckakaire@africomnet.org, +256772602690
Advanced registration required (max 80 participants)
Workshop Brochure | Call for Abstracts

In recognition of the need for well-designed and implemented family planning advocacy and communication programs, AfriComNet, a network of more than 900 strategic communication practitioners from 45 countries, will organize a one-day practicum. It will provide a venue for sharing successful communication and advocacy approaches, research, and tools for family planning, with a particular focus on integration with HIV/AIDS and environmental education. AfriComNet plans to bring together policy makers, donor representatives, strategic communication and advocacy practitioners, and family planning program managers for this practicum.
The purposes of the practicum are to: 1) Share lessons learned, tools, and promising practices in population and FP communication and advocacy in Africa; 2) Explore the integration of family planning, population, environmental protection, and HIV/AIDS communication and advocacy; and 3) Explore communication approaches for tackling normative and cultural change required to influence family size decisions, healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, and family planning choices.

Thursday, 19 November 2009, 9:00am-5:00pm

Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy and Research: Best Practices and Partnerships Meeting
Population Action International
  Suzanne Ehlers,
  Holly Greb, HGreb@popact.org; +1-202-557-3447
By invitation only

The Project Resource Mobilization and Awareness (PRMA) partners: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the German Foundation for World Population (DSW) and Population Action International (PAI) will host an invitation only project meeting on Thursday November 19, 2009 to debrief on the topics raised throughout the week’s events. The meeting will explore, in greater depth, how better collaboration between researchers and advocates can result in a more complementary approach to achieving better reproductive health outcomes around the world. 

Thursday, 19 November 2009, 9:00am-11:00am and 11:00am-1:00pm

An orientation to modern, Fertility Awareness-based Methods: What every family planning program manger needs to know    
Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University
Contact: Susana Mendoza Birdsong, smm56@georgetown.edu, +1-202-687-6133

The Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), Georgetown University is pleased to present an orientation on Fertility Awareness-based Methods (FAM) and their integration into family planning, health, and development programs operating in the public and private sector. Those attending the orientation will increase their knowledge of modern FAM including mode of action, efficacy, and eligibility criteria as well as training, IEC, and program resources to guide program integration of the Standard Days Method® (SDM) and the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) – within the framework of informed choice. Participants will receive copies of the newest guidelines and educational and training materials. Discussions will also focus on strategies to introduce and integrate FAM into programs. The FAM orientation draws upon the experience of previous projects in many countries in Africa and beyond, in which IRH has tested and introduced FAM in diverse family planning program settings. There will be two 2 hour sessions – one conducted in English and one in French. Everyone is welcome to attend! Sign up here.

Thursday, 19 November 2009, 9:00am-12:00pm 

How to Conduct High Impact Family Planning Research 
MEASURE Evaluation 
Contact: Scott Moreland, smoreland@futuresgroup.com, +1-919-843-3755 

This workshop will provide guidance on how to design and implement research activities with strong potential to inform policies, programs and services in the locations where you work? It will cover:

  • How to identify program and/or policy relevant research topics.
  • How to involve key decision makers in your research process.
  • How to extract program and/or policy recommendations from your research findings.
  • How to package and communicate research results to facilitate their use in decision making.

Participants will practice specific approaches and techniques that can be applied at each phase of the research process to improve the applicability and use of their research results. Participants will get hands-on experience using tools designed to facilitate this process. Dr. Scott Moreland from the MEASURE Evaluation Project, will share specific examples of improving research impact worldwide. The format will include plenary presentations interspersed with facilitated practicum to give participants hands-on experience applying MEASURE tools and approaches when designing and implementing research.

Organizations wishing to host a workshop, hold a meeting, or host a special event can do so prior to the conference, the evenings of November 16, 17 or 18, or after the conference beginning Thursday, November, 19, 2009. For information about space and associated costs, please contact: info@fpconference2009.org.