January 26, 2016

In recent years, a growing number of countries have been committing to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), whereby all people receive the health services they need of good quality, without risk of financial hardship. UHC is also an agreed target in the Sustainable Development Goals, with the potential to tie together the other health targets and facilitate a more integrated and harmonised approach to implementation. Efforts are underway to improve monitoring of progress towards UHC at global and country levels, and the time is ripe to seize opportunities to strengthen multi-stakeholder mechanisms for accountability for progress towards UHC.

January 27, 2016

Universal health coverage and access represents a platform to advance family planning and the FP2020 goals. However, stewardship from the public sector is critical. Speakers will explore the intersection of financing, policy, and accountability as countries move into universal access for Family Planning in the new post-2015 era. Moderator: Jonathan D. Quick, President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Panelists: Chris Baryomunsi, Minister of Health, Uganda Nicholas Muraguri, Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Kenya (invited)

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.