Public health leaders from the Indonesian National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health gathered in Bali today to formalize its partnership and recognize a new collaboration for improving research, policies and practice in family planning and reproductive health. The signing of a collaboration memorandum between the two institutions coincided with an official announcement that the next International Conference in Family Planning will be held in Indonesia, in November 2015.
“We have a long and fruitful relationship with BKKBN,” said Dr. Michael Klag, Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “With the collaboration memorandum, we look forward to expanding and strengthening this partnership.”
The collaboration memorandum sets forth a working relationship among BKKBN, the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs for activities including:
-Co-hosting the 4th International Conference on Family Planning;
-Dovetailing BKKBN’s family welfare surveys with the Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) survey, data collection, and dissemination;
-Expanding the success of Advance Family Planning’s local, evidence-based advocacy approach to new districts; and
-Implementing the Right Time. Right Method. My Choice. Partnership to reinvigorate family planning through a demand-supply initiative and leadership development.
“We are excited that the 4th International Conference on Family Planning—the first to take place in Asia—will be held in Indonesia, a leader in innovative family planning programming in the region and throughout the world,” said Jose “Oying” Rimon, Interim Director of the Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.
The 4th International Conference on Family Planning is expected to draw more than 3,000 researchers, policymakers, advocates, and students. It is the largest conference in the world devoted to family planning.
For more information : ICFP 2015