CIRHT-ADDIS Conference 2019



4 April 2019

Program for the Addis 2019 FP/CAC Conference
7:00-8:00 Registration
  • Welcome: Janet Hall, Managing Director, The Center for International Reproductive Health Training at the University of Michigan.
  • Keynote Address: H.E. Dr. Lia Tadesse, State Minister of Health, Ministry of Health, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Speech here .
Oral Abstract Presentations
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
  • Plenary: Dr. Willie Parker, Physicians for Reproductive Health: “Shall The Fundamentalists Win? Moral Advocacy For Reproductive Rights”
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break (Lunch provided)
  • “Plenary: Dr. Lisa Harris, Michigan Medicine: “Building Our Resilience to Stigma in Abortion Training and Clinical Care”
Oral Abstract Presentations
    • Dr. Senait Beyene, St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College.
    • Dr. Magnifique Irakoze, University of Rwanda
3:00-4:00 Poster sessions – Harar Grill
4:00-5:00 Concurrent Workshop Session
  • Using secondary data sources to advance research in Family Planning and Abortion care in Ethiopia (and the Global South): Dr. Yolanda R. Smith, Dr. Solomon Shiferaw and Anteneh Mekuriaw Ballroom
  • How do we talk about what we can’t talk about? Tools for managing abortion stigma: Dr. Lisa Harris Ballroom Patio
  • Enhancing simulation-based teaching: MVA and IUD placement simulation and low-fidelity FP/CAC models:  Dr. Diana Curran, Dr. Carrie Bell, Dr. Jason Bell, Dr. Balkachew Nigatu, Dr. Solomon Beza and Dr. Magnifique Irakoze  (limited capacity, sign-up required) – Jacaranda Room
5:00-6:00 Welcome Reception

5 April 2019

7:00-8:00 Socializing
Oral Abstract Presentations
    • Leul Deribe, Addis Ababa University
    • Dr. Genet Gebremedhin , St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College
Poster sessions – Harar Grill
12:00-1:00 Lunch (Lunch provided)
Oral Abstract Presentations
  • Dr. Diomede Ntasumbumuyange , University of Rwanda
  • Dr. Lemi Belay, St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College
3:00-3:30 Coffee Break
Concurrent Workshops:
  • Women-centered compassionate care: Dr. Munir Kassa and Dr. Mulat Adefres  – Ballroom
  • The role of midwives and nurses in enhancing FP and CAC services: Azeb Tamrat, MPH, MSc and Haweni  Adugna – Ballroom Patio
  • Enhancing simulation-based teaching: MVA and IUD placement simulation and low-fidelity FP/CAC models: Dr. Diana Curran, Dr. Carrie Bell, Dr. Jason Bell, Dr. Balkachew Nigatu, Dr. Solomon Beza and Dr. Magnifique Irakoze (limited capacity, sign-up required) – Jacaranda Room
4:30-5:00 Awards and Closing


  1. Dr. Lisa Harris, University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine
  2. Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson, University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine
  3. Dr. Jody Lori, University of Michigan, School of Nursing
  4. Dr. Eddie Mhlanga, Global Doctors for Choice
  5. Dr. Willie J. Parker, West Alabama Women’s Center
  6. Dr. Iqbal Shah, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Lisa Harris is an obstetrician-gynecologist and Associate Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine. She has been in practice for more than 20 years, and has directed Michigan Medicine’s Fellowship in Family Planning since its inception in 2005. In her research Dr. Harris examines issues at the intersection of clinical obstetrical and gynecological care and law, policy, politics, ethics, history, and sociology. She has focused in particular on abortion stigma, patient-centered miscarriage management, long-acting reversible contraception, and racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in access to infertility care and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D. served as Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Bates Professor of Diseases of Women and Children at the University of Michigan from 1993-2017. He remains an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Professor, Women’s Studies, and Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development. His education and training have been at the University of Michigan, University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins. He is author of over three hundred articles, chapters and books and has served on numerous editorial boards, study sections, professional committees, societies and boards. Dr. Johnson has received the Distinguished Service Award (ACOG), the Distinguished Merit Award (FIGO), the Allan Rosenfield award for lifetime achievement in Family Planning from the Society for Family Planning, and he is an elected member of the (US) National Academy of Medicine. His honorary fellowships include FWACS, FICS, FRCOG and FGCS. His research interests are fetal behavior and assessment, principles of prenatal care, global health ethics and international academic capacity building.
Dr. Jody Lori is Associate Dean for Global Affairs and a professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Dr. Lori’s program of research contributes to the design and testing of innovative models of care to improve maternal and newborn health in areas of the world challenged by a lack of human resources, long distances to care, and cultural, gender, and socio-economic barriers. The key policy issues driving her research are the 300,000 maternal deaths, 2.6 million stillbirths, and 2.8 million neonatal deaths that occur each year worldwide – with the vast majority occurring in low resource countries. She has extensive field work experience in Ghana, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mexico, and Zambia.
Dr. Eddie Mhlanga is a member of the South African National Committee on the Confidential Enquiry of Maternal Death. He also serves on the FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) Task Team on the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion. As director of Maternal, Child and Women’s Health for the Department of Health, Dr. Mhlanga was instrumental in helping implement the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act (1996). Dr. Mhlanga has never stopped being an abortion provider. He is currently the Provincial Specialist of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Health for Mpumalanga province and is providing clinical care in a low resource setting.
Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, is a reproductive justice advocate who travels as an abortion provider in Alabama and Georgia. His most recent work has focused on violence against women, sexual assault, and reproductive rights and justice through advocacy and provision of contraceptive and abortion services. Most notably Dr. Parker is a recipient of the 2013 Physicians for Reproductive Health Dr. George Tiller Provider Award, the 2015 Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award and the 2016 Dr. Felicia Stewart Advocacy Award from the American Public Health Association, and the 2016 Dr. David Gunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Abortion Care Network. Dr. Parker was also recently honored by the United Nations Office of Human Rights as one of 12 Women’s Human Rights Defenders on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women. He is also a recipient of Planned Parenthood’s 2015 Margaret Sanger Award. Dr. Parker is a 2007-2008 Leadership Training Initiative Fellow. He joined the Physicians for Reproductive Health board in November 2007. Parker holds a BA from Berea College in Kentucky, an MD from the University of Iowa, a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Master of Science from the University of Michigan. He completed residencies in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cincinnati and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Parker served as assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii prior to completing a fellowship in Family Planning at the University of Michigan in 2008. He is both board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and trained in preventive medicine. Dr. Parker is the author of the book, “Life’s Work: A Morale Argument for Choice”.
Dr. Iqbal Shah is a Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He is currently the Principal Investigator of two multi-country studies: (1) Studying the Impact and Performance of Institutionalizing Immediate Postpartum IUD Services as a Routine Part of Antenatal Counselling and Delivery Room Services in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Tanzania; and (2) Implementation and Impact Evaluation of the Willows’ Reproductive Health Programs in Ghana, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Turkey. From 1985 to 2012, Dr. Shah worked in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) and the Special Programme in Human Reproduction (HRP) at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. At WHO, Dr. Shah was responsible for research and research capacity-building activities in Social Science and Operations Research in sexual and reproductive health and coordinating the team on Preventing Unsafe Abortion. In 2016, he received The Marjorie C. Horn Operations Research Award from USAID in recognition of dedicated efforts “to building the capacity of social science researchers in developing countries, generating and utilizing research for policy development, and improving the lives of women and girls through better access to reproductive health care”. He also received, in 2005, the Certificate of Appreciation from the State Family Planning Commission of China. He has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and co-edited six books.
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