January 25, 2016 - January 28, 2016

The 2016 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) will be held in Indonesia, a country that has successfully proved its leadership in innovative family planning programming. Indonesia’s national family planning initiatives doubled the contraceptive prevalence rate to nearly 60 percent between 1976 and 2002 and decreased the fertility rate by half. The Indonesian government is now committed to revitalizing the country’s national family planning program to improve on the progress that has slowed since 2002. The country has quadrupled its budget allocation for family planning, from $65.9 million in 2006 to $263.7 million in 2014, which will enable better health worker training and the provision of free family planning services through the country’s new universal health care system. The theme for 2015 is Global Commitments, Local Actions.

January 21, 2016

Investing in strong health systems is imperative to ending preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths. Please join us for a discussion on the impact and importance of health systems strengthening in advancing maternal, newborn, and child survival around the world. Join the conversation on Twitter using #SaveMomsandKids and follow MSH's policy handle, @MSHACTS. RSVP HERE Speakers: Karen Cavanaugh, Director, Office of Health Systems, USAID Robert Clay, Vice President of Global Health, Save the Children US

January 19, 2016

The 2014 WHO study published in the Lancet finds that more than one in four maternal deaths globally is caused by pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, HIV, malaria, and obesity; the health impacts of these can be aggravated by pregnancy.  Despite how common these conditions are, key policy and strategy documents of leading international maternal health, non-governmental organizations, and UN organizations do not focus much on indirect causes of maternal mortality, except for HIV infection.


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