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International Conference On Family Planning Opens In Indonesia

News outlets report on the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning, taking place this week in Indonesia.

Christian Science Monitor: Can family planning help the world? Lessons from Indonesia.
“Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, cut its fertility rate in half over a 30-year period. Now its program faces pushback from conservatives, mirroring global trends in family planning…” (LaFranchi, 1/24).

Global Health NOW: 2016 International Conference on Family Planning
“…The 2016 ICFP is co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National Population and Family Planning Board of Indonesia. Check back here throughout the week for new exclusive reports and Q&As…” (1/25).

The Guardian: Family planning is ‘critical link’ in eradicating poverty
“…Speaking at an international family planning conference in Bali, Ellen Starbird, director of population and reproductive health at USAID, said family planning was the ‘critical link’ to meet each of the 17 goals that were adopted by U.N. member states in September…” (Ebrahim/Ford, 1/26).

Wall Street Journal: Indonesia Tries to Trim Birth Rate to Aid Economy
“Indonesia seeks to revive a family planning program that has languished since its heyday decades ago, when its ‘two kids is enough’ campaign gained global attention and helped halve the nation’s fertility rate. Those efforts were in the spotlight on Monday when President Joko Widodo opened the International Conference on Family Planning by saying his government was working to make such programs affordable and accessible to address challenges posed by a growing population and ensure the success of future generations…” (Schonhardt, 1/25).