African leaders gather for family planning conference

African health leaders have gathered in Kenya for a conference exploring family planning.

The three-day event, which is being hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), kicked off on Tuesday May 11th and involves representatives from Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan and Tanzania among other nations, reports Capital FM.

Topics up for discussion will include gaps in reproductive and family planning services and ways of addressing these issues.

"Meeting participants will discuss each country programme's unique approaches and practices that bring reproductive health and family planning services and information about healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy to underserved and vulnerable populations," USAID commented.

Last month, African leaders met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss the challenges presented by poor child and maternal health on the continent.

They gathered to review the Maputo Plan of Action on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, which expires this year.