Council Commentary

New Population Council Research Highlights Strategies to Accelerate Family Planning Access and Quality at ICFP 2018

This week, more than 40 Population Council staff from 12 countries are presenting research finding that advances access to quality family planning services and products at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Kigali, Rwanda. Co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Rwanda, ICFP 2018 is bringing together thousands from the family planning community to share best practices, celebrate successes, and chart a course forward. 

Population Council staff are presenting nearly 60 abstracts and presentations that include 18 oral sessions, 25 posters, and side events, each underscoring the need and opportunity to improve family planning programs and policies worldwide.

Featured side events, panels, and oral presentations are listed below. A full list of Council presentations can be viewed here.


Side Event
“Delivering Choice, Convenience, and Control”
November 11, 6-8:30 pm, AD12

On the eve of the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning, the Population Council and partners are hosting a dynamic discussion on the promise and progress of introducing new contraceptive methods globally, and what comes next.


Featured Panels

Fertility Preferences, Contraceptive Beliefs and Choice in Contexts of Limited Method Mix
November 13, 11:55-1:15pm, AD4 chaired by Harriet Birungi

  • "Factors influencing satisfaction with oral contraceptive pills and injectables among past users in Kenya" George Odwe
  • "Exploring the demand-side factors contributing to the recent rise in the use of implants in Kenya" Francis Obare

Understanding the Reproductive Desires and Family Planning Needs of Married Adolescents and Young Women
November 13, 11:55-1:15pm, AD12

  • "Fertility intentions among adolescent girls in India and Zambia" Thoai Ngo

Meeting Women and Men Where They Are (At Work)
November 13, 2:35-3:55pm, AD4

  • ​"Can a peer health educator model improve the family planning and reproductive health outcomes among female garment workers? Evidence from Bangladesh" Irfan Hossain
  • "Contraceptive choice and decision making among garment factory workers in Cambodia: An exploration of determinants" Elizabeth White, on behalf of the Evidence Project

Implications for Expanding the Use of MII in Quality Measurement
November 14, 2:35-3:55pm, AD6 chaired by Ben Bellows

  • "Do the three questions of the MII sufficiently capture process quality? Insights from a longitudinal study of reversible contraceptive users in India" Aparna Jain

Beyond 2020: Thinking Beyond Imagination
November 15, 10:25-11:45am, Auditorium/Plenary Hall featuring Julia Bunting


Select Oral Presentations

"Assessing the feasibility of patent and proprietary medicine vendors (PPMW) to provide injectable contraceptives" November 13, 11:55-1:15pm, AD7 Chiamaka Uzomba

"The role of attitudes towards pregnancy in contraceptive continuation: Results from a longitudinal study of married women in India" November 13, 2:35-3:55pm, AD5 Elizabeth Tobey

"Advancing development of multipurpose prevention technologies to reduce unintended pregnancy and acquisition of sexually transmitted infections" November 14, 10:25-11:45am, AD7 Ruth Merkatz

“Introducing DMPA-SC self-injection in Ghana: A feasibility and acceptability study” November 15, 10:25-11:45am, MH2 Dela Nai

"Trends in prevalence and demand for contraception in sub-Saharan Africa: The roles of family planning and education" November 15, 10:25-11:45am, MH4 John Bongaarts