Dr. Tewodros Bekele

Dr. Tewodros Bekele

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ENA) – Ethiopia will host the 3rd International Conference on Family Planning scheduled for November 2013, the Ministry of Health said.

The Conference will be held from 12-15 November 2013 in collaboration with the Ministry and Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.

In a press conference he gave here on Friday, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Director-General, Dr. Tewodros Bekele said up to 4,000 participants are expected to take part in the conference. He said Ethiopia is selected to host the conference because of the achievements it registered in increasing the number of family planning service beneficiaries and successful health extension activities.

According to him, the number of family planning beneficiaries has reached 5.6 million in 2012 from 2.6 million in 2005.