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International conference on family planning 2016: A focus on youth

DKT Ethiopia participated in the 4th International Conference on Family Planning in Nusa Dua, Indonesia in January 2016.

One emphasis of this year’s conference was youth and family planning.

“A wave of young people is set to enter their reproductive years throughout the world,” says Dagnachew Alemayehu, DKT Ethiopia’s National Key Accounts Manager.

“Our task is to ensure FP is available to this demographic in Ethiopia.”

The meeting is a semi-annual gathering of thousands of practitioners, Government leaders, and activists from around the world who gather to discuss family planning and reproductive health. It is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Over 3,000 participants were present at this year’s event.

During the conference, the Ethiopian and Kenyan Governments each received the Excellence in Leadership for Family Planning (EXCELL) Award, which is given to Governments for extraordinary achievements in family planning.

Ethiopia is considered one of the most robust family planning success stories globally, having increased contraceptive prevalence from 4.7% in 2000 to more than 40% in 2014.

The 2013 International Conference on FP was held at the African Union Exhibition Hall in Addis Ababa.

Contact Dagnachew Alemayehu at