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Postpartum family planning meeting: PROGRESS research findings and next steps

July 19, 2012

Conference Center, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC
2000 Florida Avenue N.W. (between 20th St. NW and Connecticut Avenue)

FHI 360 and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) invited key partners to attend the second in a series of end-of-project technical meetings to be convened over the next year by the Program Research for Strengthening Services (PROGRESS) project, a five-year USAID cooperative agreement awarded to FHI 360 (2008–2013). About 55 people attended. Scott Radloff, director of the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health, opened the meeting. PROGRESS researchers presented findings related to return of menses and postpartum family planning (PPFP) use, use of pregnancy tests, integration of PPFP with child immunization services, and postpartum intrauterine device (IUD) insertion. Discussants from partner organizations including USAID addressed how each set of findings can help move the field forward to expand access to contraception among postpartum women, a population with high unmet need. A closing panel including representatives from USAID and the World Health Organization (WHO) synthesized thoughts and key ideas from the day.

Links to the slides presented at the meeting are available below, following the order of the agenda. The introduction by Scott Radloff, the discussants, and the closing panel did not use slides. For a report on the meeting, go here [PDF, 1.3 MB].


  • To share with the USAID community research results from the PROGRESS project on issues related to PPFP
  • To provide an opportunity for others working in the field to discuss these findings, including how the findings can inform their activities in the PPFP area
  • To share strategic priorities and lessons among USAID partners on next steps for PPFP


8:30 – 9:00: Registration and Light Breakfast

Scott Radloff, USAID

Scott Radloff, director of the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health, opens the meeting.

9:00 – 9:15: Greetings and Introductions – Scott Radloff, USAID

9:15 – 9:30: PROGRESS and Postpartum Family Planning [PDF, 59 KB] – Maggwa Ndugga, FHI 360

9:30 – 10:45: Session 1 – Facilitator: Trinity Zan, FHI 360

– Aurelie Brunie, FHI 360, with discussant Halida Akhter (E2A Project)

– John Stanback, FHI 360, with discussant Trish MacDonald (USAID)

10:45 – 11:00: Tea and Coffee, Snacks

participants conversing during a break

Roy Jacobstein of EngenderHealth discusses one of the issues raised during the session.

11:00 – 12:15: Session 2 – Facilitator: John Stanback, FHI 360

– Lisa Dulli, FHI 360 with discussant Maxine Eber (PSI)

– Theresa Hoke, FHI 360 with discussant Holly Blanchard (MCHIP Project)

12:15 – 1:00: Summary: Impact of Research Findings at Country and Global Levels

  • Panel facilitator – Shawn Malarcher (USAID)
  • Panelists: Jeff Spieler (USAID), Mary Lyn Gaffield (WHO), John Stanback (FHI 360)
panel on impact of research findings

Closing panel (L to R): Jeff Spieler, USAID; Shawn Malarcher, USAID (moderator); John Stanback, FHI 360; and Mary Lyn Gaffield, WHO.


Light Lunch – for those who wanted to stay and continue the conversation

PROGRESS (Program Research for Strengthening Services) was a five-year project awarded to FHI 360 by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in June 2008. The project sought to improve access to family planning among underserved populations by providing global technical leadership and working in selected countries.