International Conference on Family Planning and Faith Involvement

2018 ICFP Conference November 12-15, 2018

The faith community had a strong presence at the 2018 ICFP with 22 poster presentations, four lunch discussion tables, at least six panel sessions, Faith and Family Planning exhibit booth, Facebook Live session and coordinated social media campaign. See coverage of the activities here. See K4Health blog on a panel at ICFP on faith-based organization family planning advocacy.

Webinar on ICFP and the Faith Community

CCIH and Faith to Action Network held a webinar March 13, 2018 to share the progress the faith community has made since the 2016 ICFP and plans for the 2018 conference.

Amhed Ragab, MD, Professor of Reproductive Health, International Islamic Centre for Population Studies and Research, Al Azhar University discussed the importance of referencing religious texts with respect to family planning.

Bicbic Chua, Executive Director, Catholics for Reproductive Health emphasized that any advocacy success rests on a good understanding and knowledge of religious leaders’ attitudes and positions and trusted messengers are crucial to reaching religious leaders.

Peter Munene, Chief Executive Officer, Faith to Action Network shared plans to convene the faith community during ICFP 2018. A small group of faith actors will meet ahead of the main conference to jointly develop advocacy strategies for the coming years, while the main conference will allow to share experiences with broader stakeholders.

An interactive map showing of faith actors’ advocacy achievements since 2016 was shared by Mona Bormet, MPH, CHES, Program Director for Christian Connections for International Health and is available below. The map is not exhaustive but provides a sample of family planning work by faith-based organizations.








2016 International Conference on Family Planning

The faith community made historic progress at ICFP 2016 when 85 faith leaders from 26 nations came together for the first-ever Faith Pre-conference. They discussed best practices in faith-based involvement in family planning and committed to scaling up services to help families with healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.  See coverage of the faith community’s involvement, including media coverage and a Statement of Commitment from FBO leaders.