Family Planning: Real Stories from Dakar

A special summary of media coverage, new resources, photos, blogs and more following the 2011 International Conference on Family Planning in Dakar, Senegal, November 29–December 2, 2011.


Political Support and Popular Opinion on the Largest-Ever Family Planning Conference
Laura Hoemeke, Director, Communications and Knowledge Management
From Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade’s unprecedented plenary speech to discussions with religious leaders and impromptu conversations with adolescents, this two part blog explores the national and personal stories behind the recent International Conference on Family Planning in Dakar, Senegal.
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What People in Dakar Say about Family Planning
Personal and often ideological, family planning is a tough topic to talk about, but in Dakar many people spoke out about their changing attitudes toward contraception—from Senegal’s president, a mayor in Pikine, and religious leaders, to teens, new moms, and health workers—captured here.
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Voice of America | Dec 9, 2011
International Conference Highlights Family Planning in Senegal

The Guardian | December 2, 2011
Taming the Wild West of Family Planning

Le Quotidien | December 3, 2011
Limitation des naissances prônée par le Président:
Des Imams avalent la pilule de Wade

AMREF USA Blog | Dec 2, 2011
Dakar Conference Shows that Community Health Workers
also Vital in Family Planning

AMREF USA Blog | Dec 2, 2011
Task Shifting in Family Planning Explored in International
Conference in Dakar



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Gaye says family planning results in Senegal do not match the large investments made in the country.

Nick Loomis, VOA

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Motivated by a Milestone: A Call to Action for Family Planning
Much has been done to improve access to and use of family planning services, but more efforts are needed by a range of actors to continue to ensure access to family planning for those in need. This resource outlines specific actions national governments, donors, and journalists can take to strengthen these efforts. 
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Population Growth and the Global Health Workforce Crisis
Planning and policy efforts to improve the health worker density ratio have disproportionately focused on increasing health workers, while paying scant attention to population size, the denominator of these efforts. This technical brief discusses the potential impact of population growth on countries’ efforts to improve their populations’ access to skilled health workers.
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 CapacityPlus Voices
Reaching into the Community: Health Workers and
Population Growth

In the latest edition of CapacityPlus Voices, Scott Radloff, director of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, shares examples from Ethiopia and Malawi where health workers succeeded in bringing integrated services to rural populations and increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate.
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 It Takes a Health Worker
It Takes a Health Worker: IntraHealth’s Support for
Family Planning

IntraHealth has been a global champion and leader in supporting health workers for more than 30 years. This brief summarizes IntraHealth’s extensive experience and expertise to improve family planning programs.
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