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#ICFP2022 Welcome Message

Nov 8, 2022

The event of the year is almost here! In just six days, we will all meet in Pattaya City, Thailand for the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning —ready to innovate, collaborate, and accelerate towards universal access to family planning for all. 

This message contains all essential details you need to attend the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning from 14-17 November 2022 at the Pattaya Exhibition and Conference Hall in Pattaya City, Thailand.

Please save this message and keep it on hand when you travel and while onsite in Pattaya City.

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About #ICFP2022

The International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) is more than a conference. It’s also a platform, a movement, and a community of FP advocates, researchers, community leaders, and young people – all united by the belief that everyone deserves access to family planning services and products, no matter what

The 2022 ICFP brings the family planning and reproductive health community together to strengthen our collective movement to achieve universal access to family planning by 2030 as an essential element of Universal Health Coverage. ICFP partners and community members have contributed to the evidence, research and lessons learned about the power of family planning, and how important it is that access to these products and services are considered essential to the achievement of universal health coverage.

The 2022 ICFP provides a unique opportunity to reconvene our collective community more than two years after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and global emergency, providing us a unique look into our challenges and triumphs, weaknesses and resilience. Pandemic mitigation measures forced health systems and individuals in need of contraception to adapt, with innovations like telehealth services and community-based distribution of FP. These novel adaptations underscore the value of strong health systems and provide a robust foundation for future innovations that address emerging reproductive health needs.

Learn more about ICFP:

✈️ 🚌 Airport Transfer & Shuttle Schedule

The hotels that are confirmed as official conference hotels are also those for which transportation will be provided to and from Suvarnabhumi Airport – Bangkok (BKK) as well as to and from the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH). There will not be transportation service to or from any other airport other than BKK. 

Please note that advance registration for the shuttle is NOT required and reservations are NOT available. Shuttles will leave at least once an hour from BKK to Pattaya. Attendees who book their stay elsewhere must access transportation on their own, or travel to one of the designated ICFP hotels to travel in the provided conference transportation. 

To help ensure the appropriate number of shuttles for all delegates, please fill out this short form with your arrival date and time.

View the full shuttle schedule: 

✍️ 👜 Onsite Conference Registration

The Registration Desk will be located at the main entrance of PEACH (the East Lobby), where registered delegates can check in during the following periods. Please bring your ID card / passport / invitation letter for registration. Upon registration, participants will receive a badge, conference bag and conference program booklet. 

Please arrive early to the Registration Desk – 12 or 13 November is the best time to collect your badge and avoid longer check in lines.

Registration Hours of Operation:
Saturday – Sunday (12-13 November) from 6:30 – 18:30
Monday – Tuesday (14-15 November) from 6:00 – 20:00

PLEASE NOTE: This onsite registration/sign-in process is for registered ICFP2022 delegates ONLY. There will be NO onsite registration for those who did not fully register for the 2022 ICFP by the in person deadline of 28 October 2022 (including registration transfers). This change from previous ICFPs is due to the COVID-19 protocols in place. There will be absolutely no exceptions made to this rule.

🏢 🌴 Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall

We are excited to bring ICFP 2022 to Pattaya City from 14-17 November 2022. This modern city is located southeast of Bangkok along the East Coast of Thailand. It is part of a beautiful, multi-cultural coastal area that offers a wide range of accommodations, dining, and activities.

ICFP2022 will take place at Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH). PEACH is situated between South Pattaya and Jomtien Beach on a secluded headland overlooking Royal Cliff Bay and the Gulf of Thailand.

Address:
Royal Cliff Hotels Group
353 Phra Tamnuk Road,
Pattaya, Chonburi,
Thailand 20150

😷🦠 COVID-19 Safety Protocols

In coordination with representatives of the JHU Center for Health Security, ICFP is implementing a number of increased safety measures:

  • Increased number of, and access to, hand-washing/hand-sanitizing stations
  • Promoting personal protective practices, such as safe physical distancing, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, and use of a mask
  • Offering virtual, live-streamed sessions and activities
  • COVID-19 detection, surveillance, and quarantine facilities

IMPORTANT: ALL registered ICFP2022 delegates who are attending ICFP in person are REQUIRED to complete this COVID-19 Vaccination Verification process

The process should only take delegates a few minutes to complete, however, approval may take up to 8-15 hours. For that reason, we recommend ALL ICFP2022 in-person delegates complete this verification process as soon as possible.

Once the verification has been approved, you will receive an email with an “Approved Event Access QR Code,” which we ask that every delegate have available upon check-in at the registration areas.

Each ICFP2022 delegate will receive one COVID-19 test in their conference bag upon check in. The ICFP Secretariat encourages delegates to test on the first day of the conference.

We continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions and considering all options to ensure the safety of our delegates. For the first time, we are hosting a hybrid conference, where over 50% of the in-person conference will be live-streamed (and available on-demand) to those who purchase virtual conference registrations.

💉🗂️ Vaccination Requirements

ICFP2022 requires that all registered delegates attending ICFP in person in Pattaya City, Thailand are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Individuals who have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) are considered to be fully vaccinated. Only those who are fully vaccinated by 31 October 2022 will be permitted to attend the 2022 ICFP in-person.

IMPORTANT: ALL registered ICFP2022 delegates who are attending ICFP in person are REQUIRED to complete this COVID-19 Vaccination Verification process

The process should only take delegates a few minutes to complete, however, approval may take up to 8-15 hours. For that reason, we recommend ALL ICFP2022 in-person delegates complete this verification process as soon as possible.

Once the verification has been approved, you will receive an email with an “Approved Event Access QR Code,” which we ask that every delegate have available upon check-in at the registration areas.

Please see the steps to complete the required COVID-19 vaccination verification process here

Each ICFP2022 delegate will receive one COVID-19 test in their conference bag upon check in. The ICFP Secretariat encourages delegates to test on the first day of the conference.

We continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions and considering all options to ensure the safety of our delegates. For the first time, we are hosting a hybrid conference, where over 50% of the in-person conference will be live-streamed (and available on-demand) to those who purchase virtual conference registrations.

PLEASE NOTE: The yellow fever vaccine is required for all applicants traveling from or through countries declared Yellow Fever Infected areas. Delegates from countries declared Yellow Fever endemic zones must provide an International Health Certificate to confirm they have received the Yellow Fever vaccination.

 

📲 📶 Mobile App

The official ICFP2022 mobile app is free and available to use. In the app store of your mobile device, search “Dryfta” and download the application (yellow icon). Dryfta is the same service used for the ICFP2022 conference portal, the site where all attendees, whether for virtual or in person attendance, registered for this year’s ICFP. It is also where the scientific program is located.

Once downloaded, search “International Conference on Family Planning” (ICFP2022) and log in with the same credentials you created when you registered for ICFP2022. When logged into your account, you’ll be able to search the full scientific conference program and favorite the sessions you most want to see.

Download via Apple Store >>
Download via Google Play >>

🗣️👂Interpretation

The official language of ICFP is English. ICFP will once again offer French interpretation in approximately 50% of all scientific sessions. We also hope to provide interpretation software which all in-person attendees with smartphones and/or computers will be able to utilize. All sessions taking place in the main Plenary Hall will have both French and Thai interpretation. Online/virtual viewers of all the content on the ICFP LIVE Stage will have access to French-English interpretation as well.

🗓️ 🎫 ICFP Pre-Conferences & Side Events

Pre-conference events for the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning include any meetings, workshops, panels, networking sessions, training courses, and presentations that take place outside of programmed conference days on 14-17 November.

ICFP Pre-conferences:

Pre-conferences are organized and hosted by our community partners and some ICFP subcommittees and take place between 12-14 November 2022. You can find out more about the 2022 ICFP pre-conferences here. We continue to update this page on pre-conference events as they are available, so be sure to check back regularly.

Pre-conferences are not organized by the ICFP hosts, but by partner organizations and subcommittees, and are an opportunity for groups to convene stakeholders to focus on their own area of interest in the format of their choice. Seats for the pre-conferences are limited and all require pre-registration to attend.

See more information here: 

ICFP Side Events:

Side events for the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning include any meetings, workshops, panels, networking sessions, training courses, and presentations that take place outside of the programmed conference hours (8:30 to 17:40) on 15-17 November 2022. Most side events are not organized by the ICFP hosts, but by partner organizations and our various sponsors. They are an opportunity for groups to convene stakeholders to focus on their own area of interest in the format of their choice.

Explore all ICFP side events in the online program:

🔬 🏥 Scientific Program

You can now view all the scientific sessions happening throughout ICFP2022 from Monday, 14 November 2022 to Thursday, 17 November 2022.

You can also filter by keywords to discover all that the ICFP2022 Scientific Program has to offer in a specific area of family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights. “Favorite” sessions that you are interested in and create your own personalized ICFP2022 schedule that’s perfect for you today.

Explore this year’s scientific program here:

🎤👥 Opening Ceremony

After nearly four years since its last convening in Kigali, Rwanda, and through a global pandemic, the reproductive health community comes together in-person and virtually to innovate, collaborate, and accelerate progress towards universal health coverage and family planning.

Representatives from over 125 countries including advocates, researchers and scientists, community and government leaders, health practitioners, economists, civil society members, and young people will gather to launch the world’s largest scientific conference on family planning and reproductive health and to confer the Global Humanitarian Awards for Women’s and Children’s Health.

This year’s ICFP Opening Ceremony will take place on Monday, 14 November 2022 at 16:30 in the plenary hall at PEACH.

📄 👫 Conference Special Events

Throughout the conference, participants will enjoy visiting the exhibition, poster area and special evening side events, including the Red Carpet Evening Among the Stars and The Moth Presents Voices Carry: Stories of Strength.

View all our ICFP2022 sponsors, without which this conference would not be possible:

 

Join The Moth and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for an unforgettable evening of true personal stories about the power of choice access in family planning on Wednesday, 16 November 2022 in the Plenary Hall. Hosted by Kenyan media personality and equality activist Adelle Onyango, with three true stories told by graduates of The Moth – a global arts organization dedicated to building empathy and compassion through personal narrative – hear conversation starting stories of options, possibility, and the power of speaking up and speaking out.

🎬 🎥 ICFP LIVE Stage

ICFP LIVE is an initiative designed to create an on-site and virtual experience for an estimated 50,000+ audience members from around the globe. Join us in the Expo Hall each day of the conference from 11:00 – 21:00 (11 AM – 9 PM) for community sessions on sex, taboos, male engagement, emergency contraception, abortion rights, climate change, SRHR, and more!

This year, ICFP LIVE will debut the Family Planning News Network (FPNN), a “pop-up” news station providing the most salient news and announcements coming out of the conference and the ICFP community. FPNN’s Primetime segments include The Wrap, The Pulse of Family Planning with Dr. T, Real Stories. Real Voices, and the FPNN Primetime Sign Off with Dr. T, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health and ICFP2022 communication co-chair.

ICFP LIVE is your opportunity to engage during the world’s largest gathering on family planning & reproductive health from anywhere you can connect.

Learn more about this year’s ICFP LIVE Stage:

📶 💻 Internet Facilities

Free internet Wi-fi will be available during the conference at the conference venue (PEACH).

☎️ 📞 Emergency Contact Information

Emergency Calls Telephone Number
Mobile Police 191
Fire Brigades 199
Highway Police 1193
Tourist Police 1155
Tourist Service Centre 1672
Ambulance and Rescue 1554
Medical and Emergency Call 1669
Useful Numbers in Bangkok Telephone Number
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Bangkok (+66) 2250-5500, Hotline 1672
Tourist Police (+66) 2308-0333, Hotline 1155
Pathumwan Police Station (Nearest) (+66) 2214-1046
Immigration (+66) 2287-3101
Tourist Assistance 1337 ext. 9
Suvarnabhumi Airport (+66 2132-1888
Don Muang Airport (+66) 2535-1192

🏥⚕️Private International Hospital Facilities in Pattaya

PLEASE NOTE: Private international hospitals have “clinics/centers” staffed by specialists. Doctors and staff speak English. Usually same day appointments can be obtained and there are usually no long waits for non-emergency inpatient treatment. They also may have an International Department with staff to interpret for non-English speakers.

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya
301 Moo 6, Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya
Tel. 1719 or 038 427 777 Int’l +66-38-427 777

Pattaya International Hospital
255/4 Moo 9, Soi 4 Beach Road, Pattaya
Tel. 038 428 374 Int’l +66-38-428-374

Pattaya Memorial Hospital
328/1 M.9 Central Pattaya Road
Tel. +6638-488-777

Jomtien Hospital
Sukhumvit Road – south of intersection with South Road (adjacent to Chic Republic Store)
Tel. +6638-259-977, +33-125-999

Phyathai Sriracha Hospital
90 Srirachanakorn 3 Rd., Sriracha (North of Pattaya – 30-40 minute drive)
Tel: +6638-317-333

Samitivej Sriracha Hospital
8 Soi Laemket, Jermompol Rd., Sriracha
(North of Pattaya – 30-40 minute drive)
Tel: +6638-320-300

For Any Inquiries

We encourage all delegates to use the ICFP2022.org website as your source for all things ICFP. If you don’t see a piece of information that you are looking for in this message above, please check the website and utilize the “search” function to find everything you might need

For any questions, please contact: info@theicfp.org

Stay Up to Date with ICFP

Stay up to date on what’s happening at ICFP2022! Be sure to follow ICFP on social media and verify you are subscribed to the official ICFP newsletter to receive the latest ICFP2022 information.

Follow ICFP2022 on social media:

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We look forward to sharing knowledge, celebrating successes, and mapping the course to achieving universal health coverage that includes family planning and reproductive health products and services for all by 2030.

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