The Center for International Reproductive Health Training at the University of Michigan (UM-CIRHT), in partnership with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, presented “Family Planning and Comprehensive Abortion Care: Strengthening Preservice Training,” an international scientific conference held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 4-5 April 2019. UM-CIRHT was thrilled to welcome some 250 participants who heard the keynote speech from H.E. Dr. Lia Tadesse, State Minister of Health, Ministry of Health, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and plenary sessions with Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson, Dr. Willie Parker, Dr. Lisa Harris, Dr. Eddie Mhlanga,Dr. Jody Lori and Dr. Iqbal Shah, in addition to 15 oral research presentations, dozens of research posters and workshop sessions each day.
The conference, the inaugural scientific conference organized by UM-CIRHT, served as a platform for education and research in family planning and comprehensive abortion care. The two-day conference drew submissions and participants from 33 countries — a diverse group of professionals including Ob-Gyns, nurse/midwives, faculty and trainees, and policy makers.