Tuesday, 29 November

8:00am - 5:00pm Ballroom Foyer

Check-in and Registration

6:30pm - 8:30pm Ballroom 1 + 2

Opening Welcome Reception

Setting the stage: Why have we gathered and what do we hope to accomplish?

Chair, Ms. Saba Kidanemariam







Country Director, Ipas Ethiopia

  1. Welcome to conference participants
  2. Remarks by CEOs of conference organizers
  3. Recognition of international, regional and national co-sponsors
  4. Abortion and African regional treaties and agreements
  5. Welcome by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health
  6. Close and reception

Wednesday, 30 November

8:30am - 10:30am Ballroom 1 + 2

Welcome from conference chair

What is the current state of abortion in Africa?  What major gaps remain in ensuring women access to safe, high quality abortion care?

  1. Remarks by plenary moderator
  2. Abortion in the world and in Africa by the numbers
  3. Laws, policies and programs in Africa: Achievements and gaps in the last decade
  4. A decade of progress providing safe abortion services in Ethiopia: Results of national assessments in 2008 and 2014
  5. In women's hands: Abortion in communities
  6. Moderated forum and Q&A from audience
  7. Wrap-up of plenary session
10:30am - 11:00am Corridor

Coffee break

11:00am - 12:30pm

Topical panels

Ballroom 1

Addressing barriers to access: :Legal, policy, regulatory and service delivery barriers to safe abortion

Ballroom 2

Postabortion care: Treatment of unsafe abortion and a strategy for safe abortion access

Ibex

Postabortion contraception: Still a missing link to preventing unintended pregnancies

Nyala

Understanding adolescents and abortion

Harar Grill

The role of mHealth in improving safe abortion care and access

12:30pm - 12:45pm Ballroom 1 + 2

Mentorship check-in

12:45pm - 2:00pm Atrium

Lunch with topical roundtables:

  1. Sexual violence and abortion
  2. Abortion services in humanitarian crisis settings
  3. Conceptual underpinnings of quality of care
  4. Decentralization/task shifting for later medical abortion
  5. HIV and abortion
  6. Using a human rights lens to monitor abortion care progress
  7. Social norms and abortion (in French)
  8. Values clarification and attitudinal transformation
  9. Social determinants of equitable access to safe abortion
  10. Conducting better policy research (in French)
  11. Barriers to adolescent abortion care and contraceptive services
  12. Use of mobile technologies in abortion studies and service expansion
  13. Multi-level pregnancy tests for medical abortion follow-up
  14. Misconceptions and stigma about abortion/FP for adolescents (in French)
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Expert interviews

Ballroom 1

Policymaker dialogue: Setting public policy based on evidence rather than ideology

Ballroom 2

Building societal support for safe abortion: The role of police, faith communities and the education sector

Ibex

A new perspective on "youth friendly services": A dialogue between young people and health professionals

Nyala

Why should we care about second-trimester abortion?

Harar Grill

Self-use of medical abortion: What are we afraid of?

Patio

The Global Abortion Policies Database: a tool for accessing current policy information; conducting comparative policy analyses; and generating evidence for positive policy reforms

3:00pm - 3:30pm Corridor

Coffee break

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Topical panels

Ballroom 1

Reaching at-risk and underserved women with abortion care

Ballroom 2

Whose job is this anyway? Task-sharing in abortion care

Ibex

Cracking open the door: Policies, protocols and practices in Africa

Nyala

Issues in later abortion care: Access, service delivery and quality of care

Harar Grill

How do we do it? Abortion legal and policy changes - lessons from the field

Thursday, 01 December

9:15am - 9:45am Corridor

Coffee break

9:45am - 11:00am

Capacity-building workshops (Part A)

Ibex

Quality of care in abortion: Exploring new frameworks and metrics

Nyala

140 characters to 800 words: Decoding research

Harar Grill

Capacity-building for social science research on abortion

Topical panels

Ballroom 1

Medical abortion in sub-Saharan Africa: Current use and future possibilities

Ballroom 2

Perceptions of abortion stigma in health facilities and communities

11:00am - 11:15am Corridor

Coffee break

11:15am 12:45pm

Capacity-building workshops (Part B)

Ibex

Quality of care in abortion: Exploring new frameworks and metrics

Nyala

140 characters to 800 words: Decoding research

Harar Grill

Capacity-building for social science research on abortion

Topical panels

Ballroom 1

Reaching adolescents with information and abortion services

Ballroom 2

Abortion stigma: Changing attitudes and perceptions of abortion providers and clients

12:45pm - 2:00pm Atrium

Lunch with optional mentorship check-in

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Expert interviews

Ballroom 1

Potential for safe abortion in Francophone Africa

Ballroom 2

Putting research into action: Using evidence in advocacy for legal and policy changes

Ibex

Where is abortion in humanitarian and crisis settings?

Nyala

Young people as researchers or as subjects? Exploring what "participation" really means

Patio

Learning from youth networks: Experiences of the Packard Youth Fellows and the IPPF Youth Action Movement

Harar Grill

Why do I provide abortion? The moral perspective of being an abortion provider

3:00pm - 3:30pm Corridor

Coffee break

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Moving the needle: A dialogue to advance the agenda on abortion

Ballroom 2

The Second Best Time: Donors and CEOs share their vision for abortion care over the next decade

6:30pm - 8:30pm Ballroom 1 + 2

Celebrating 10 years of safe abortion care in Ethiopia: Panel and reception

Friday, 02 December

9:15am - 9:45am Corridor

Coffee break

9:45am - 11:00am

Capacity-building workshops (Part A)

Ibex + Nyala

Abortion research methodologies: Re-thinking our challenges and accomplishments

Estimating abortion incidence using two different methods: AICM and the confidants method

Measuring abortion stigma

Patio

Supporting women to self-manage medical abortion: Exploring new approaches

Harar Grill

Getting it in and getting it out: A workshop on publishing and presenting your research

Topical panels

Ballroom 1

Making abortion safe, legal and available: Lessons from legal reform outside Africa

Ballroom 2

Abortion in Francophone Africa: Past progress and future challenges

11:00am - 11:15am Corridor

Coffee break

11:15am - 12:45pm

Capacity-building workshops (Part B)

Ibex + Nyala

Abortion research methodologies: Re-thinking our challenges and accomplishments

Estimating abortion morbidity and health system costs

Qualitative and mixed methods

Patio

Supporting women to self-manage medical abortion: Exploring new approaches

Harar Grill

Getting it in and getting it out: A workshop on publishing and presenting your research

Topical panels

Ballroom 1

Examining abortion incidence and the consequences of unsafe abortion

Ballroom 2

Methodological advances and challenges in abortion research

12:45pm - 2:00pm Atrium

Lunch with optional convening of country groups

2:00pm - 3:15pm Ballroom 1 + 2

Planning a country agenda

3:15pm - 3:30pm Corridor

Coffee break

3:30pm - 4:30pm Ballroom 1 + 2

Closing plenary and sharing of final consensus statement

  1. Remarks
  2. Sharing of conference consensus statement
  3. Wrap-up of conference