Thursday, May 14, 2009

International Conference on Family Planning Research and Best Practices

Kampala, Uganda, 15-19 November 2009

The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Makerere University's School of Public Health, and other international and national partners are organizing a conference on “Family Planning Research and Best Practices.” The conference program will include an opening plenary, multiple concurrent oral sessions, an exhibit area, poster sessions, lunchtime roundtables, a policymaker forum, and special panel presentations. More information is available at:

The dates for the conference are November 15 (evening opening) and November 16-17 (full days) with November 18 as an optional day for third-party sponsored meetings.

The PPD ARO will be involved with this conference and is encouraging all PCCs to submit abstracts for oral sessions and poster sessions. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 June 2009. Information and guidelines on how to submit an abstract is at:

Limited travel support from the conference organizers may be available to participants whose abstracts are selected for oral presentation. The conference organizers will provide you with travel support application forms with notification letters if you are selected for oral presentation.

As the PPD ARO does not currently have funding to support PCC travel to this conference, we are currently seeking funding from donors to help PCCs attend the conference. Thus, the PPD ARO would be willing to write letters of support to donors in your country (UNFPA country office, etc.) if you request. We will be happy to provide you with more information on the conference as the date nears, and would, of course, be happy to assist you with planning your logistics to the best of our abilities.

The PPD ARO contact for this conference is Mr. Abdelylah Lakssir, Programme Officer. You can reach him by email (E-mail: alakssir at or by phone (+256-772-779-714) or the general office contact:

Conference website:
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