International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP)

Every other year since 2009, the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) has brought together the family planning community to share best practices, celebrate successes, and chart a course forward.

The ICFP serves as a strategic inflection point for the family planning and reproductive health community worldwide. It provides an opportunity for political leaders, scientists, researchers, policymakers, advocates, and youth 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.

The ICFP also serves as an international platform from which countries, organizations and individuals can make public commitments to family planning, and can be recognized for their achievements. Dozens of side events are organized around the conference by many institutions and groups from around the world.

Side Event: Delivering Contraceptive Choice, Convenience, and Control
Sunday, 11 November | 6:00–8:30 pm
Kigali Convention Center, Meeting Room AD-12

Each year, an estimated 85 million pregnancies are unplanned worldwide. Providing women with a range of contraceptive options that better meet their family planning needs helps reduce unintended pregnancy and improves outcomes.

On the eve of the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning, the Population Council and partners will host a dynamic discussion on the promise and progress of introducing new contraceptive methods globally, and what comes next. For more than 60 years, the Population Council has been a leader in developing and introducing new contraceptive technologies, including six contraceptive technologies being used by more than 170 million women around the world. ​


  • Julia Bunting, President, Population Council
  • Michelle Hindin, Program Director, Reproductive Health, Population Council
  • Harriet Birungi, Senior Associate and Kenya Country Director, Population Council
  • Patrick Aboagye, Director of Family Health, Ghana Health Service
  • Vijay Paulraj, Reproductive Health and Family Planning Advisor, USAID India Mission
  • Erika Martin, Senior IS, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID
  • Nomi Fuchs-Montgomery, Deputy Director, Family Planning Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Please join the Population Council at the sessions listed in the calendar below (printable schedule) or visit our booth (#9 and 10) during the conference

12-16 November 2018


Population Council Speakers

Sunday, 11 November

Pre-conference    |   11:45 am–1:30 pm | Plenary Hall, Lemigo Hotel

Zeba Sathar Senior Associate & Pakistan Country Director

Thoai Ngo Program Director, Poverty, Gender, and Youth

Panelists, "Healthy cities: Advancing health in cities and urban slums through the use of data"

Healthy Cities Now and in the Future: The Critical Role of Urban Reproductive Health (co-hosted by The Challenge Initiative and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population)

Side Event    |   6:00–8:30 pm | AD12

Population Council

Delivering Contraceptive Choice, Convenience, and Control


Monday, 12 November

Side Event    |   9:00–11:00 am | Kigali Serena Hotel, Kivu Room

Breakthrough RESEARCH

Provider Behavior Change: What Do We Know? What More Do We Want to Know?


Side Event    |   1:00–3:00 pm | Kigali Serena Hotel, Kivu Room

Breakthrough RESEARCH

Integrated SBC Programming: What Do We Know? What More Do We Want to Know?


Invitation-only Side Event    |   2:00–4:00 pm | Auditorium Club

Julia Bunting President

Co-chair, High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Demographic Dividend (sponsored by the Gates Institute, World Bank, and UNFPA)

Tuesday, 13 November

Poster Session 1    |   8:00–11:00 am | Auditorium Terrace

Elizabeth Tobey

  • “Assessing community health volunteers' readiness to integrate family planning into HIV service at the community level”

Sanyukta Mathur Associate II and DREAMS Implementation Science Project Director

  • "Identifying at-risk profiles of adolescent girls and young women in DREAMS sites in Kenya and Zambia: Using latent class analysis for differentiated programming"
Preformed Panel    |   10:25–11:45 am | MH1

Zeba Sathar Senior Associate & Pakistan Country Director

  • "The costs and benefits of investing in sexual and reproductive health and rights"

Session 1.1.1—A New Agenda: Investing in a Bold and Inclusive Vision for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights 

Oral Session    |   10:25–11:45 am | Auditorium Club 2

Lucía Vázquez

  • “Raising awareness of one legal indications for abortion in a conservative setting: Assessing Mexico’s National Pro-Choice Alliance communications campaign”

Session 1.1.12—Abortion and Postabortion Care: Understanding Legal Contexts and Women's Experiences 

Oral Session    |   10:25–11:45 am | AD6

Ankita Shukla

  • “Client-provider interaction: Evaluating client’s experience with family planning service providers through mystery client approach in India”

Session 1.1.13—Quality in Contraceptive Counseling 

Norhan Bader

  • “The involvement of young males in Souhag in family planning” (2.024)

Monika Walia

  • “Relationship between migration and use of family planning: Macro and micro level evidence from Bihar, India” (2.068)

Saumya RamaRao Senior Associate

  • “Delivering contraceptive vaginal rings through community pharmacy outlets: Evidence from in-depth interviews in Kenya and Nigeria” (2.070)

Catherine Kahabuka

  • “Contraceptive need and method choice among HIV-positive female sex workers in Tanzania” (2.078) (on behalf of Project SOAR)
Oral Session    |   11:55 am–1:15 pm | AD7

Chiamaka Uzomba

  • “Assessing the feasibility of patent and proprietary medicine vendors (PPMV) to provide injectable contraceptives”

Session 1.2.14—Engaging the Private Sector 

Preformed Panel    |   11:55 am–1:15 pm | AD4

Harriet Birungi Senior Associate & Kenya Country Director

Chair, Session 1.2.1—Fertility Preferences, Contraceptive Beliefs and Choice in Contexts of Limited Method Mix 

George Odwe

  • “Factors influencing satisfaction with oral contraceptive pills and injectables among past users in Kenya”

Francis Obare

  • “Exploring the demand-side factors contributing to the recent rise in the use of implants in Kenya”
Oral Sessions    |   2:35–3:55 pm | AD9

Adriana Ramos

  • “Perspectives of men about vasectomy in Mexico City”

Session 1.3.8—Involving Men in Family Planning via Vasectomy and the Standard Days Method 

Oral Session    |   2:35–3:55 pm | AD5

Elizabeth Tobey

  • “The role of attitudes towards pregnancy in contraceptive continuation: Results from a longitudinal study of married women in India”

Session 1.3.12—Measurement and Outcomes of Fertility Preferences 

Oral Session    |   2:35–3:55 pm | AD4

Md. Irfan Hossain

  • “Can a peer health educator model improve the family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) outcomes among female garment workers? Evidence from Bangladesh”

Elizabeth White

  • “Contraceptive choice and decision making among garment factory workers in Cambodia: An exploration of determinants”

Session 1.3.14—Meeting Women and Men Where They Are (At Work)

Poster Session 3    |   3:00–6:00 pm | Auditorium Terrace

Shikha Bhasin

  • “Exploring provider imposed restrictions to newly married womens’ access to family planning in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, India: A qualitative study”

Thoai Ngo Program Director, Poverty, Gender, and Youth

  • “The impact of an interpersonal communication intervention on knowledge, attitudes and uptake of the Maximum Diva Woman’s Condom among adolescents and young adults in urban Zambia: A randomized evaluation” (on behalf of Jessie Pinchoff)
Oral Session    |   4:20–5:40 pm | Auditorium Club 2

Aparna Jain Associate II & Deputy Technical Director, Evidence Project

  • “Why does knowledge of key injectable contraceptive characteristics decrease three months after training? Results from an implementation research study using panel data”

Session 1.4.13—Increasing Provider Knowledge through Innovations in Training 

Flash Presentation    |   4:20–5:40 pm | AD12

Nizamuddin Khan

  • “Post-abortion contraceptive intentions and use among married young women in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, India”

Session 1.4.9—Postpartum and Postabortion Family Planning and Service Deliveries 

Wednesday, 14 November

Side Event    |   7:00–8:35 am | AD1

Saumya RamaRao Senior Associate

Improving Reproductive Health Quality and Rights: Finding the Connections Between Research, Advocacy, and Change

Hosted by PAI with IBIS and Population Council

Poster Session 4    |   8:00–11:00 am | Auditorium Terrace

Thoai Ngo Program Director, Poverty, Gender, and Youth

  • “Contraceptive use and unintended pregnancy among young women and men in Accra, Ghana”

Rajib Acharya Associate II

  • “The association between exposure to comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health knowledge and practices among unmarried and married adolescent girls in India”
Preformed Panel    |   10:25–11:45 am | AD11

Zeba Sathar Senior Associate & Pakistan Country Director

Chair, Session 2.1.3—Family Planning, Fertility and Urban Welfare in the Rapidly Growing Cities of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia: Policy Implications 

Preformed Panel    |   10:25–11:45 am | AD7

Ruth Merkatz Director, Clinical Development

  • “Advancing development of multipurpose prevention technologies to reduce unintended pregnancy and acquisition of sexually transmitted infections”

Session 2.1.4—Innovate to Meet the SRH Needs of Women and Girls: R&D Progress and Gaps to Improve Access to Adopted and Appropriate Contraceptive Products

Oral Session    |   10:25–11:45 am | Auditorium Club 1

Daniella Dominguez

  • “Abriendo Futuros: Empowering rural Mayan adolescent girls in Yucatan, Mexico”

Session 2.1.12—Gender, Empowerment, and Sexual and Reproductive Health

Poster Session 5    |   11:30 am–2:30 pm | Auditorium Terrace

Norhan Bader

  • “Pilot testing of a comprehensive model to address family planning needs of factory workers in Egypt”

Elizabeth Tobey

  • “Family planning, maternal, and basic health service utilization among young women and girls in Ethiopia: Are youth friendly services better?”

Sanyukta Mathur Associate II and DREAMS Implementation Science Project Director

  • “Prioritizing and building consensus for social behavior change (SBC) research agendas to improve family planning and reproductive health programming”

Rajib Acharya Associate II

  • “Extent of community health workers (CHWs) outreach and its influence on intention to use contraceptives in India: Trends over past one decade” 
Oral Session    |   11:55 am–1:15 pm | MH1

Julia Bunting President

Chair, Session 2.2.16—Development and Introduction of New Contraceptive Methods and Technologies 

Oral Session    |   11:55 am–1:15 pm | AD5

Catherine Kahabuka

  • “What are the family planning and safer conception needs of HIV-positive female sex workers in Dar es Salaam?” (on behalf of Project SOAR)

Session 2.2.17—Family Planning and HIV/AIDS: Does Integration Still Matter in the Epidemic Control Era?

Preformed Panel    |   11:55 am–1:15 pm | AD9

Thoai Ngo Program Director, Poverty, Gender, and Youth

  • “Fertility intentions among adolescent girls in India and Zambia”

Session 2.2.2—Understanding the Reproductive Desires and Family Planning Needs of Married Adolescents and Young Women

Flash Presentations    |   11:55 am–1:15 pm | MH4

Arupendra Mozumdar

  • “Effect of counselling for side-effects by health care personnel on continuation of contraceptive use”

Ankita Shukla

  • “Contribution of contraceptive discontinuation to unmet need for modern methods of family planning”

Molyaneth Heng

  • “Determinants of contraceptive discontinuation and switching among female garment factory workers in Cambodia”

Session 2.2.14—Contraceptive Discontinuation, Failure, and their Determinants 

Preformed Panel    |   2:35–3:55 pm | AD6

Benjamin Bellows Associate II

Chair, Session 2.3.4—Implications for Expanding the Use of MII in Quality Measurement 

Aparna Jain Associate II & Deputy Technical Director, Evidence Project

  • “Do the three questions of the MII sufficiently capture process quality? Insights from a longitudinal study of reversible contraceptive users in India”
Flash Presentation    |   2:35–3:55 pm | AD12

Thoai Ngo Program Director, Poverty, Gender, and Youth

  • “What’s next for Viet Nam’s family planning strategy: A ‘socialized’ model”

Session 2.3.11—The Power of Advocacy Partnerships and Strengthening Policy Implementation in Africa 

Poster Session 6    |   3:00–6:00 pm | Auditorium Terrace

Faizah Okunade

  • “Method information index of injectable clients: Quality of information provided by patent and proprietary medicine vendors during family planning consultations in Nigeria”

Thursday, 15 November

Poster Session 7    |   8:00–11:00 am | Auditorium Terrace

Khan Mohammad

  • “Current state of family planning service statistics with regard to availability, quality and utilization in Pakistan”

Marlena Gehret Plagianos Senior Biostatistician

  • “Do women really tell us what they think of new contraceptives? What we can learn from various interviewing techniques”

Elizabeth Tobey

  • “Incremental costs associated with provision of family planning services among HIV-positive women at the community level in Kenya” 

Rajib Acharya Associate II

  • “Role of incentives in maintaining focus on sterilization: Is it time to apply brakes on incentives?”

Michelle J. Hindin Program Director, Reproductive Health

  • “Are condoms a contraceptive method? A comparison of reports of adolescent condom use for pregnancy prevention and HIV prevention”

Elspeth Williams Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations

  • “Advocating for the future of birth control: Financing new contraception technologies R&D”
Preformed Panel    |   10:25–11:45 am | Auditorium/Plenary Hall

Julia Bunting President

Panelist, Session 3.1.0—Beyond 2020: Thinking Beyond Imagination 

Preformed Panel    |   10:25–11:45 am | AD4

Benjamin Bellows Associate II

Chair, Session 3.1.7—The Power of Purpose, Intent, and Narrative in Generating Demand for Contraception 

Oral Session    |   10:25–11:45 am | MH4

John Bongaarts Vice President and Distinguished Scholar

  • “Trends in prevalence and demand for contraception in sub-Saharan Africa: The roles of family planning and education”

Session 3.1.11—Addressing Contraceptive Gaps for Marginalized Populations in Rwanda 

Oral Session    |   10:25–11:45 am | AD9

Nizamuddin Khan

  • “Is timely and appropriate antenatal care the gateway of contraception use in India? Evidence from National Family Health Survey”

Session 3.1.15—Family Planning, Maternal and Child Health 

Preformed Panel    |   11:55 am–1:15 pm | Auditorium Club 2

Aparna Jain Associate II & Deputy Technical Director, Evidence Project

  • “Exploring metrics of process quality: Results from a longitudinal study of reversible contraceptive users in India”

Session 3.2.3—Integrating Measurement of Quality of Care into Health Systems 

Preformed Panel    |   11:55 am–1:15 pm | MH4

Michael Mbizvo Senior Associate & Zambia Country Director

  • “Why family planning is important to women’s health and to socio-economic development”

Session 3.2.1—Equitable Access, Sustainable Investments, and Development Benefits: Investing in Family Planning for a Lifetime of Returns

Oral Session    |   11:55 am–1:15 pm | MH2

Benjamin Bellows Associate II

  • “Developing a digital marketplace for family planning: Results of a pilot randomized encouragement trial”

Session 3.2.13—The Role of Digital Health Tools in Family Planning Programs