Full Title: Rhetoric to Reality: Delivering Integrated HIV and Family Planning Services
Monday, July 23
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
This session will explore the current policy, research, and implementation landscape for integrated family planning and HIV (FP/HIV) programs. Speakers from each of these key constituencies will address the opportunities and obstacles to delivering integrated FP/HIV services and discuss how these programs are operationalized and scaled up. The panel will also help identify what more is needed to achieve the positive vision for FP/HIV integration that has been articulated globally by governments, implementers, civil society and donors alike.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
Addressing the contraceptive needs of women living with HIV is of critical public health importance. Supporting women living with HIV to avoid unintended pregnancies will not only contribute to better maternal and infant health outcomes, but also prevent HIV among infants and partners. The integration of family planning and HIV services has emerged as a promising strategy for reaching women and couples living with HIV with rights-based family planning services. The field of FP/HIV integration has made important gains in recent years. However, gaps remain in translating favorable policies and new evidence into widespread practice.
Moderator: Suzanne Ehlers, Population Action International
Opening Remarks: Pam Barnes, EngenderHealth