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Bali to Host International Conference on Family Planning


OCTOBER 21, 2015

Jakarta. Bali will host the fourth International Conference on Family Planning next month, where delegates from around the world will discuss challenges to family planning initiatives.

The ICFP, a biennial event, will run from Nov. 9 to 12 and is expected to draw 3,500 delegates from Indonesia and abroad.

“We will invite experts and practitioners of family planning programs,” Surya Chandra Surapati, the chairman of Indonesia’s National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN), said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

“We also hope to have 1,000 midwives coming to the event as well since they are the main actors in applying family planning programs in Indonesia.”

He added the BKKBN hoped to use the event to build meaningful partnerships with other institutions working on family planning, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and others.

The ICFP is meant to strengthen the global commitment to family planning, to exchange information and knowledge on contraception technology, and to improve the attendees’ commitments and actions in family planning programs to realize the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The conference will discuss the progress being made and the challenges to be surmounted in global family planning programs; family planning and its relation to economic development; and effective family planning programs for underdeveloped regions.