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The Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations (CAMI) provides a platform for bio-tech developers, researchers, advocates and educators working in the sexual and reproductive health field to coordinate their efforts. This intersection of various disciplines is spurring new ways of thinking and innovations that could speed up delivery of prevention supplies and programs to the people who need them most. CAMI's work focuses on Convenings, Research, Public Education, and Policy Maker Education.
Apr 10, 2015

Greetings from CAMI Health!

Round Table on CSB Issues for MPTs
Round Table on CSB Issues for MPTs

Your generosity has strengthened CAMI Health’s efforts to advance innovative prevention strategies for women’s sexual and reproductive health (SRH)! CAMI Health promotes female-initiated approaches to SRH, including Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs), tools that provide simultaneous protection from unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These technologies will put women’s health in women’s hands and could help to reduce maternal mortality, avert the risks of untreated STIs, and improve women’s economic and educational opportunities.

Thanks to your support of our global outreach efforts, the MPT field has been expanding and gaining more mainstream recognition. Here are a few examples of what we have been able to accomplish over the past few months:

Round Table on Commercialization and Social-Behavioral (CSB) Issues for MPTs.  On 17 March, the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT) convened its first Round Table on CSB issues for MPTs, aimed at investigating the complex CSB context of MPT product development. The meeting was a critical step in the IMPT’s goal to inform a global MPT product development strategy beyond technical elements by identifying and integrating MPT CSB elements into the traditional product development pipeline. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) Annual Meeting, which allowed us to get input from a range of perspectives, including the feedback of clinical trial site representatives. Thanks to the thoughtful engagement of the participants, we were able to drill down on some of the critical questions and challenges for MPT development in the CSB arena. We are currently developing a meeting summary, which will be available on the CAMI Health website.

MPT Workshop in Kenya. The IMPT Kenya Task Force recently held a meeting aimed at strategizing ways to message and raise awareness around MPTs and microbicides. The meeting was organized by Everlyne Ombati, an AVAC Fellow at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and a member of the IMPT Network of Experts (NoE). The group discussed ways to prevent false expectations around immediate product availability and developed messaging aimed at avoiding stigma. 

Redesigned MPT Resource Center – Coming Soon! As Secretariat for the IMPT, CAMI Health serves as the information hub for the MPT field and we are currently in the final stages of redesigning our online resource center. The new resource center will feature a searchable database of MPT-related peer-reviewed research, media articles, presentations, meeting summaries, outreach materials, and technical reports. You can still access the previous version of the resource center while we put the finishing touches on this new tool. To keep up-to-date on the most recent developments in the MPT field, be sure to subscribe to our monthly eblast, “MPTs: Articles from the Field.”

Thanks to your support, we are planning several exciting technical meetings and webinars for the coming months, including the following convenings:

  • Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Webinar on MPTs (Date TBD). CAMI Health, in collaboration with the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and NIH Office of AIDS Research, is planning a live webinar aimed at engaging key LAC-based stakeholders working in SRH in the work of the IMPT and raising awareness around MPTs. The webinar will contextualize MPTs within the epidemiological and social needs of women in the LAC region and will be a starting place for engaging LAC-based SRH experts in the IMPT’s Scientific Agenda Working Group.
  • Technical Meeting on Hormonal Contraceptives (HC) in MPTs (Date TBD, Washington, D.C.). As a follow-up to the technical meeting on HC in MPTs held in September 2014, CAMI Health will be convening members of the Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network (CCTN) to identify next steps for priority gaps and challenges in hormonal contraceptive and MPT research.
  • Technical Meeting on MPT Clinical Trial Issues (Date TBD, Washington, D.C.). On behalf of the IMPT, CAMI Health will be convening funders, trial design experts, and product developers to assess challenges and issues related to effective MPT trial design. The meeting will cover topics such as bioequivalence options, drug-drug interactions, and single indication versus combined indication trials.
  • Session on STI MPTs at ISSTDR (13-16 September, Brisbane, Australia). We are thrilled to announce that a session on STI MPTs has been accepted as part of the program at the 21st meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR). The panelists will discuss MPTs from a variety of perspectives with a focus on preventing STIs. We hope to engage with STI researchers, clinicians, product developers, and advocates in this emerging and important field.

On behalf of CAMI Health and the IMPT, we thank you for your steadfast commitment to women and girls. We are excited about the promising work ahead of us to make simultaneous prevention a reality; and we hope you will join us by supporting our efforts.

 

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” –African Proverb 

Kenya Task Force meeting on MPT messaging
Kenya Task Force meeting on MPT messaging
Jan 7, 2015

Happy New Year from CAMI Health!

Your generosity has strengthened CAMI Health’s efforts to advance global women’s health and empowerment! Every minute, a young woman is newly infected with HIV, and each year, there are 86 million unintended pregnancies worldwide. CAMI Health works to advance female-initiated approaches to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs), SRH tools that enable women to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) simultaneously.

Thanks to your support of CAMI Health’s global outreach efforts, the momentum around MPTs is growing and these crucial innovations are gaining more mainstream recognition. A few examples of our accomplishments over the past few months are below.

Special Supplement on MPTs in the BJOG: The International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Released in October, this special supplement of the BJOG features 16 MPT-specific articles, bringing together international science, funder, provider, advocacy, and policy experts in the MPT field. The supplement was edited by Dr. Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization, in collaboration with Dr. Bethany Young Holt, Executive Director of CAMI Health. Highlights of supplement include: overviews of MPTs in development; papers that detail the complexities and importance of integrating the input of women into MPT product development; and original studies detailing the growing and interrelated incidence of HIV and STI infection among young women in Sub-Saharan Africa and China, making the case for MPT development.

World AIDS Day Op-Eds. December 1st marked World AIDS Day, and provided an opportunity to highlight MPTs as a promising development in HIV prevention. Featured in the Guardian and RH Reality Check, CAMI Health Executive Director Dr. Bethany Young Holt wrote two op-ed pieces that emphasized the need for broad-spectrum HIV, STI, and pregnancy prevention methods. We are thrilled to see MPTs gaining more coverage in mainstream media!

Webinar on MPT Acceptability in Uganda, Nigeria, and South Africa. CAMI Health, in collaboration with AVAC, hosted a live webinar in November, which focused on the acceptability of MPTs among women in Uganda, Nigeria, and South Africa. The webinar summarized the methods and key findings from a market research study conducted by Ipsos Healthcare, and provided an opportunity to discuss ways in which we can inform MPT product development in a more meaningful way. The webinar can accessed on demand on the CAMI Health website.

South Africa Fact Sheet and Messaging Framework. The IMPT’s South Africa Regional Working Group recently developed a fact sheet and messaging framework to support advocates as they raise awareness and support for MPTs in South Africa. The documents provide a menu of messaging options for government stakeholders, researchers, and NGOs, allowing them to tailor messages for various audiences and purposes.

“With an MPT I Can…” Campaign. We are continuing to promote this social awareness campaign among our IMPT partners worldwide, and would love for you to participate too. Tell the world what an MPT would do for you!  

2015 will be an exciting year for CAMI Health as the MPT field continues to grow and evolve. Thanks to your support, we will:

  • Hold new technical meetings and webinars on critical MPT issues
  • Advance research around the social-behavioral elements of MPTs and ensure that women’s views are at the center of product development
  • Continue our global outreach and advocacy work

On behalf of CAMI Health and the IMPT, we thank you for your steadfast commitment to women and girls. We are excited about the promising work ahead of us to make simultaneous prevention a reality; and we hope you will join us by supporting our efforts.

 

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” –African Proverb 

Oct 1, 2014

Greetings from CAMI!

Your generosity has enabled CAMI to continue its efforts to save lives and empower women and girls! Expanding choices for women to protect their sexual and reproductive health may lead to improved well-being and autonomy. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read about our recent accomplishments toward the development of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs).

In addition to this social awareness campaign, CAMI Health has been on the move to network with supporters and educate funders, community groups, and the public about the value and need for MPTs!

“With an MPT I can…” Campaign. This social awareness campaign was designed to raise awareness of the MPT field by focusing on the potential impact of MPT investment and development on women’s lives. To this end, CAMI has invited IMPT partners from throughout the world to invite women from their communities to participate by taking photographs of themselves holding signs that say, “With an MPT I Can…” with their personal fill-in-the-blank after being briefed on what MPTs are. You, too, can participate! Go to: http://www.cami-health.org/mpt-campaign

CAMI Video. Featured here is a compelling video making the case for MPTs and explaining the enormous potential of public health impact on a global scale – for women, for young girls, for families, for communities. The message is packaged in 3.5-minute video that was well-conceived and professionally produced. Go to: http://www.cami-health.org/mpts-video

Significant scientific developments have also been underway with CAMI/IMPT hosting technical meetings and convenings for stakeholders. In partnership with the NICHD, BMGF, and USAID, CAMI held a 2-day, in-person meeting 18-19 September in Washington, DC, “Hormonal Contraceptives in MPTs” attended by product developers and supporting agencies to discuss relevant contraceptive research and what can be learned for the MPT development pipeline, including recommendations for the use of hormonal contraception in MPT products.

Then on 26 September, CAMI hosted a webinar “MPT Manufacturing Issues” attended by funders, advocates and manufacturers to address the requirements, variables and risks associated with achieving commercial scale manufacturing.

NOW LIVE! CAMI Website and the MPT Product Development Database. CAMI’s new website both visually appealing and user-friendly will accommodate the needs of our expanding membership. Visit us soon and search for MPTs in the pipeline on our also newly-launched, interactive MPT Product Development Database. The database allows you to look up 70+ MPT products in the pipeline, by delivery method, development stage, active ingredient, etc. CAMI staff continues to work with IMPT collaborators to keep product information current.

CAMI and IMPT partners look ahead with enthusiasm and optimism towards steady progress this winter!

HIV R4P 2014 and BJOG: CAMI/IMPT will be in Capetown, South Africa, for HIV R4P this 28-31 October 2014 as conference presenters on MPTs and the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s will announce its special supplement on MPTs co-edited by IMPT members!

Regulatory Webinar: Upcoming in November will be a webinar on regulatory issues for MPT Development with a focus on bioequivalence.

To learn more about CAMI and our work to advance MPTs, please visit www.cami-health.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

On behalf of CAMI and the IMPT, we thank you for your steadfast commitment to women and girls. We are excited about the promising work ahead of us to make simultaneous prevention a reality; and we hope you will join us by supporting our efforts!

 

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” —African Proverb


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