Panel discussion to address global family planning efforts

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty and area health researchers will meet July 30 for a panel discussion addressing the importance of scaling up family planning efforts around the world.

Panelists will discuss the impact of family planning on maternal health, integrating HIV/AIDS services with family planning programs and increasing health workforce capacity.

Numerous studies and reports from the United Nations, the U.S. Government and non-governmental organizations have confirmed the effectiveness of family planning in improving health outcomes around the world.

However, every year, 9.2 million young children – including 3.7 million newborns – and 536,000 mothers die during pregnancy and childbirth, while approximately 76 million unintended pregnancies occur worldwide each year.

The panel discussion will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center at the corner of McCauley and Pittsboro streets. Registration for the event is not necessary, but RSVPs are requested to drollason@globalhealth.org.

Speakers will include Martha Carlough, M.D., director of the maternal and child health program and assistant professor of family medicine at the UNC School of Medicine; Ward Cates, Jr., M.D., president of research at Family Health International; and Pape Amadou Gaye, M.B.A., president and CEO of IntraHealth International. Maurice Middleberg, vice president for public policy at the Global Health Council, will serve as moderator.

The panel is sponsored by the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases at UNC and the Global Health Council.

For more information, contact Duncan Rollason at (202) 833-5900, ext 3222 or drollason@globalhealth.org.

Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases contact: Lisa Chensvold, (919) 843-5719, lisa_chensvold@med.unc.edu

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