Gates Institute Director and Affiliates Present at "Accelerating Access to Postpartum Family Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia"

Gates Institute Director and Senior Scientist Jose Rimon II delivered an inspirational presentation about becoming a positive disruptor at Accelerating Access to Postpartum Family Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia (also known as the PPFP Global Meeting), June 8–11, 2015, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

oying at ppfp_from jhpiego.JPGFrom the meeting's daily digest: "Day three of the PPFP Global Meeting kicked off with Jose 'Oying' Rimon of the Gates Institute, delivering a powerful talk on the role of positive disruption in postpartum family planning. Oying challenged the crowd to disrupt things at scale and fundamentally change things for good. He spoke of Melinda Gates, Margaret Sanger, Johns Hopkins University’s checklist revolution, and PMA2020 as examples of promoters of positive disruptions. 'Positive disruptions don't have to be new technologies; they have to be new ideas,' he said."

Gates Institute-affiliated faculty member Dr. Saifuddin Ahmed and AFP partner Angela Mutunga of Jhpeigo also presented at the meeting. Click here to view all the presentations.

FP2020 and Jhpiego led the PPFP Global Meeting—the first of its kind—in partnership with WHO, UNFPA, USAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More than 170 key stakeholders from 20 countries participated. The meeting focused on fast-tracking country efforts to toward the goals of FP2020 by addressing the family planning needs of postpartum women, which are often overlooked. Engagement with participants will continue after the meeting concludes, with linkages to the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City this October and the International Conference on Family Planning this November.

photo courtesy of Jhpiego

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 17:15