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International Conference on Family Planning shifted to Jan

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The fourth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) will take place in Indonesia from 25-28 January next year, the organizers have announced.

The meeting which was expected to take place in November this year was postponed due to a volcanic eruption on the nearby island of Lombok in Indonesia.

Director of the Gates Institute and Chair of the ICFP International Steering Committee Jose “Oying” Rimon II and Chairman of the National Population and Family Planning Board of Indonesia Surya Chandra Surapaty announced the new dates through a statement.

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“Postponing the November conference activities was an extremely difficult decision, but we believe it was the right thing to do to protect the health and safety of our valued delegates and to maximize the value of the ICFP for the family planning community,” the statement says.

The statement adds, “We are pleased to confirm that the fourth ICFP will be held in Nusa Dua in late January 2016, and we are excited to reconvene the family planning community so soon.”

The meeting will be co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National Population and Family Planning Board of Indonesia.

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The conference is the largest international meeting focused on family planning.

It will be held under the theme “Global Commitments, Local Actions.

The meeting will highlight international and domestic efforts to improve contraceptive information and services and help ensure that family planning remains a priority for policymakers and donors across sectors.

Family planning is frequently cited as one of the best investments in global development.

According to the statement, meeting the global unmet need for family planning services could save an estimated 1 in 4 women from deaths related to pregnancy or childbirth.

It can also prevent 1.1 million infant deaths each year, and expanding access to contraception will play a critical role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

International Conference on Family Planning, held biennially since 2009, serves as a strategic inflection point for the family planning community worldwide.

It provides an opportunity for scientists, researchers, policymakers and advocates to disseminate knowledge, celebrate successes and identify next steps toward reaching the goal of enabling an additional 120 million women to access voluntary, quality contraception by 2020.

Some officials from Malawi are expected to attend the meeting.

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