The INPAC Final Dissemination Conference has been successfully held from 13th to 15th January 2017 in Beijing.

 


The conference gathered 7 consortiums with 32 members, 23 honourable guests, including the following national representatives: Mrs Wang(Deputy Director-General of Department of Maternal and Child Health of National Health and Family Planning Commission of China-NHFPC), Ms Han (Former Technology Counsellor of Chinese Embassy to Belgium), Mr Song(Deputy Director General of Center for Capacity Building and Continuing Education of NHFPC), Ms Hong (Vice secretary-general and Director of international co-operation of China Family Planning Association), Ms Peng (Beijing Municipal Institute for Drug Control). International guests were: Ms Petrova (Delegation of the European Union to China), Mr Zhang (Representative of Province of East Flanders and Ghent University of Belgium), Mr Peng and Mr Guo (Representative of United Nation Population Fund, China), Ms Zhang (Representative of World Health Organisation), Mr Tian (Representative of UNICEF) and many others from various healthcare organisations and institutions, along with INPAC’s Scientific Advisory Board and Policy Advisory Board members and representatives of participating hospitals from 30 Chinese provinces and media.

The meeting was hosted by the Chinese Medical Association. The objectives were to disseminate the INPAC findings, to present policy recommendations based on INPAC’s evidence, and to discuss and plan future collaboration. During the meeting, Mrs Wang of NHFPC briefly introduced the on-going progress of Family Planning and Maternal Health in China and thanked INPAC for its contributions and hard work to improve China citizen’s health. Prof Temmerman greeted the participants via a recorded video and presented the world-wide situation regarding abortion and contraception. Afterwards, Ms Han, Mr Zhang and Mr Song shared their feelings about the INPAC project and their satisfaction about the successful completion. Later on, INPAC’s project leader, Wei-Hong Zhang gave an overview of the INPAC project and its main findings  Then the INPAC achievement highlights were presented. After the INPAC interventions aimed at integrating post-abortion family planning services into induced abortion services in hospitals setting, women’s modern contraceptive use after abortion increased, and the occurrence of unintended pregnancies and repeated abortion in women of childbearing age decreased. These findings have significant implications for the formulation and implementation of post abortion family planning (PAFP) service standards in China. This can contribute to positive social outcomes and to efficient protection of reproductive health rights of women of childbearing-age. A Chinese academic monograph named ‘Intervention Study of Post-Abortion Family Planning Services in China: Design and Implementation of the EU-FP7 INPAC project’ was published. The meeting received consistent high appreciation from the participants and from news medias.