Family Planning

Faith Events at the International Conference on Family Planning

October 29, 2018

by Kathy Erb

Faith-based organizations are valuable partners in the effort to educate communities and deliver family planning services. The Faith Subcommittee for the International Conference on Family Planning has planned a strong presence at the 2018 ICFP November 11-15 in Kigali, Rwanda to lift up and celebrate the work of faith-based organizations to help women time and space pregnancies.

Faith-related activities at ICFP 2018 include:

Interfaith Prayer
Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 2:00-4:00 pm (14:00-16:00)
Kigali Convention Center – Room AD10
All faiths are welcome. RSVP here by November 2

Faith Celebration
Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 5:00 to 7:00 pm (17:00 to 19:00)
Kigali Convention Center – Room AD10
Network with faith organizations working in family planning, learn about their work and explore partnerships. RSVP here by November 2.

Facebook Live Session: Straight Talk on Family Planning and Religion

Monday, November 12, 11:00 am Central Africa Time

Faith-based organizations have provided family planning services as part of basic healthcare for decades. People of faith value healthy families and understand that healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies is good for mothers, children and the entire family. Why does there still seem to be a disconnect in the minds of many between religion and family planning? How does the faith community talk about family planning in a way that overcomes negative misperceptions? And how can we partner with the faith community to educate and deliver family planning services? Moderator Yoram Siame of the Churches Health Association of Zambia will lead this discussion. Visit to join

Breakout and Panel Sessions

  • Rapid Fire Session on Advocacy and Accountability in Global Initiatives: Faith Actors: Key Drivers of Accountability for Family Planning at the Local Level, Room AD12, Tuesday, November 13, 2:35 to 3:55 pm
  • The Role of Religious Leaders as Social Change Agents for Family Planning: Grassroots Perspectives from Four African Contexts, Room AD9, Tuesday, November 13, 4:20 to 5:40 pm.
  • Norm Entrepreneurs: Faith Actors Role in FP, Room AD9, Wednesday, November 14, 10:25 to 11:45 am
  • The Role of Religious Leaders in FP, Room MH3, Wednesday, November 14, 10:25 to 11:45 am
  • Interfaith Advocacy Approaches to Demand Generation and Improved Family Planning Services, Room Auditorium Club A, Thursday, November 15, 11:55 am to 1:15 pm.

Lunch Discussion Tables

Tuesday, November 13
1. Resources for Engaging Faith Communities
2. Form … or content? How to constructively communicate with people of faith on family planning
3. Improving maternal and child health: FBOs response towards the government EDRPS Vision 2020/FP2020 targets

Wednesday, November 14
Advocacy by Faith-based Organizations and Religious Leaders

Poster Presentations

  • Exploring the role of religious leaders in the uptake of modern contraception in Nigeria, Adewale Haastrup, Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative; Mojisola Odeku, Johns Hopkins Centre for Communication Programs, Nigeria; Omasanjuwa Edun, Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI 2); Davies Adeloye, Post Pregnancy Family Planning
  • Religion and youth sexual behaviour in South West Nigeria: Does parent religiosity matter?, Oluwaseyi Somefun, University of Witwatersrand
  • Trained religious leaders in promoting family planning to improve maternal health: Experiences from the Central and Midwestern regions of Uganda, Agnes Were Lojjo, EngenderHealth; Molly Tumusiime, Engenderhealth – Uganda; Rose Mukisa, EngenderHealth-Uganda ; Paul Kaduyu, EngenderHealth-Uganda ; Kanakulya Hassan, EngemderHealth
  • Does it measure up? Assessing the quality of family planning counseling through faith-based health facilities, Lauren VanEnk, Institute for Reproductive Health Georgetown University; Victoria Shelus, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown Univ; Ronald Kasyaba, UCMB; Janet Komagum, Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau; David Balikitenda, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau; Justine Mirembe, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau
  • Religion and family planning “religious women worries on family planning” -Gitwe/Ruhango District, Marie Ange Ishimwe
  • Faith-based consideration in Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), Sue Jones, Save the Children South Africa; Pitso Makhetha, Save the Children South Africa
  • Modern contraceptive utilization and associated factors among married pastoralist women in Bale eco-region, Bale Zone, South East Ethiopia, Semere Sileshi Belda, Madda Walabu University
  • Understanding the role of the Church in declining contraceptive use in Solomon Islands, Katherine Gilbert, Nossal Institute for Global Health; Rebecca Manehanitai, Ministry of Health and Medical Services
  • Roles of Religious Leaders and Child Preference: Lesson Learnt from Humbang Hasundutan, North Sumatera, Indonesia, Arga Nugraha, Institute for Population and Social Research,Mahidol University
  • The Role of Religious Leaders and Faith Based organization on Adolescent & Youth Sexual Reproductive Health, HADI NESRU, Ethiopian Interfaith Forum for Development, Dialogue and Action
  • Lessons Learned from Indonesia in Using Digital Tools for Religious Cadre for Family Planning Outreach, Ariefitri Mochamad Subur, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
  • Improving community-based service delivery for FP through religious leaders collaborating with CHWs, DAVID BALIKITENDA, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau
  • The role of religious and traditional leaders in improving knowledge, attitudes, and practices of family planning in four counties of northern Kenya, Shreya Pereira, Palladium; Francis Ayuka, Palladium; Rob Wood, Palladium ESHE Programme; Edward Zzimbe, Palladium
  • Partnership for Family Planning: The Roles of Interdisciplinary and Methodological Integration, ADDISE AMADO DUBE, Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST)
  • The role of health posts in providing FP services for populations living in catchment areas served by Faith-based Health Centers in Rwanda, Jean Bosco Bazimaziki, MCSP/Jhpiego
  • The Impact of Religious Leaders’ Teachings about Modern Contraceptive Use on Opinions about Modern Contraception in Urban Senegal, Brigid Grabert, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health ; IIene Speizer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Amy Corneli, Duke Department of Population Health Sciences; Marisa Domino, University of North Carolina; Leah Frerichs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Bruce Fried, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Influences of Religious Affiliations and Contraceptive Use Among Married Women in Nigeria between 2003 and 2013, Ados May, IBP Initiative; Iheyinwa Salami, Covenant University; Dorcas Adekoya, Covenant University
  • Holistic HIV prevention strategy through faith communities in Tanzania, Josephine Sundqvist, Church of Sweden International Department; Johannes Petrus Mokgethi-Heath, Church of Sweden International Department
  • Learnings from Northern Ghana: The role of faith leaders in family planning and reproductive health, Susan Otchere, World Vision US; Micah Olad, World Vision Ghana; Stephen Omunyidde, World Vision US
  • Religious differentials of unmet need and family planning in Rwanda: evidence from demographic health survey, Junaid Khan, International Institute for Population Sciences
  • Achieving Common Ground – Partnerships between Secular and Faith-based Organizations to promote community-based family planning. Marta Pirzadeh, FHI360; Mona Bormet; Christian Connections for International Health; Tonny Tumwesigye, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau

Prière interreligieuse
Dimanche 11 novembre 2018 | 14h00-16h00
Kigali Convention Center – Salle AD10

Des personnes de différentes confessions se rassembleront pour participer à la prière dirigée par des dirigeants catholiques, protestants et musulmans, ainsi que pour entendre les messages de bienvenue des organisateurs. Toutes les confessions sont les bienvenues. RSVP ici avant 2 novembre.

Fête de la communauté de foi
Dimanche 11 novembre 2018 | 17h00 à 19h00
Kigali Convention Center – Salle AD10

Cette réception sera l’occasion de nouer des liens avec des organisations religieuses pour comprendre le travail qu’elles font pour promouvoir la planification familiale et combler les lacunes dans les connaissances et les services. Le calendrier laisse le temps d’apprendre, de partager des expériences et de développer des partenariats. Des hors-d’œuvre légers seront servis. RSVP ici avant 2 novembre


  • Séance d’information rapide sur le plaidoyer et la responsabilité dans les initiatives mondiales: Acteurs de la foi: facteurs clés de la responsabilité pour la planification familiale au niveau local, salle AD12, mardi 13 novembre de 14h35 à 15h55
  • Le rôle des chefs religieux en tant qu’agents de changement social pour la planification familiale: perspectives de la base dans quatre contextes africains, salle AD9, mardi 13 novembre de 16h20 à 17h40.
  • Norm Entrepreneurs: Rôle des acteurs de foi dans la FP, salle AD9, mercredi 14 novembre de 10h25 à 11h45
  • Le rôle des leaders religieux dans la PF, salle MH3, mercredi 14 novembre de 10h25 à 11h45
  • Approches interreligieuses en faveur de la création de la demande et de l’amélioration des services de planification familiale, salle Auditorium Club A, jeudi 15 novembre de 11h55 à 13h15.

Tables de discussion pour le déjeuner

Mardi 13 novembre
1. Ressources pour engager les communautés de foi
2. Forme… ou contenu? Comment communiquer de manière constructive avec les croyants sur la planification familiale
3. Améliorer la santé maternelle et infantile: réponse des organisations confessionnelles aux objectifs du gouvernement EDRPS Vision 2020 / FP2020.

Mercredi 14 novembre
Plaidoyer des organisations confessionnelles et des chefs religieux

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