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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.
Jul 21, 2015

Happy Summer from CAMI Health!

Your generosity has enhanced CAMI Health’s ability to advance global women’s health and empowerment! Every minute, a young woman is newly infected with HIV. In low resource countries, 225 million women have an unmet need for family planning, resulting in 74 million unintended pregnancies each year. CAMI Health works to advance comprehensive approaches to women’s sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including the development of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs), female-initiated products that enable women to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) simultaneously. As Secretariat of the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT), we put an emphasis on the incorporation of end-user perspectives into the product development process, ensuring that MPTs are desired, accessible, and acceptable to the women who need them most. 

Thanks to your support of our global outreach efforts, mainstream recognition of the MPT field is expanding. Here are a few examples of our accomplishments over the past few months: 

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Webinar on MPTs

On May 13, in collaboration with the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) ForoLAC, the IMPT hosted the first LAC Regional Webinar on MPTs. This live, Spanish-language webinar contextualized the need for MPTs within regional epidemiological data and the social realities faced by LAC women. We were thrilled to be joined by over 50 LAC-based sexual and reproductive health (SRH) stakeholders and hope to use this as a stepping stone for engaging LAC-based researchers and advocates in the IMPT’s work. You can view the slides and a recording of the live webinar on the CAMI Health website.

CCTN and MPT Stakeholder Round Table Discussion on Hormonal Contraceptives (HC) in MPTs

As a follow-up to the September 2014 convening on HC in MPTs, the IMPT, in collaboration with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), recently convened a round table discussion that brought together members of the Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network (CCTN) and MPT stakeholders. The convening aimed to drill down on research gaps and challenges identified at the first meeting, and assess the status of ongoing research related to combining HC with ARVs. The group also explored issues related to bleeding patterns and acceptability, and discussed key questions surrounding successful MPT development and uptake. Slides from the meeting are available on the CAMI Health website

MPTs Featured in New York Magazine

MPTs were recently featured in New York Magazine in an article that highlights them as the most promising frontier in women’s health prevention. We are thrilled to see MPTs gaining more mainstream recognition!  

CAMI Health and the IMPT have busy summer and autumn seasons ahead. Our upcoming technical meetings, conference presentations, and publications include:   

Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction & Fertility (ISSRF) Newsletter: We are thrilled that the forthcoming ISSRF Newsletter will focus focus exclusively on MPTs and will also feature articles by IMPT members. Edited by IMPT Steering Committee member Nomita Chandhiok, the Newsletter would be circulated to 1,200 ISSFR members, as well as Indian medical schools and research organizations. 

STI MPT Panel at ISSTDR: In collaboration with the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, and the Australian Sexual Health Alliance, and World Health Organization, the IMPT is co-sponsoring an exciting session on STI mpts at the 21st meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR)in Brisbane, Australia on 16 September. The discussion will focus on engaging STI researchers, clinicians, product developers and advocates in the MPT field.  

Technical Convening on Clinical Trial Design Issues for MPTs: As an initial step in assessing the issues related to MPT clinical trial design, the IMPT will be convening funders, trial design experts, product developers, and other MPT stakeholders this autumn or early winter to discuss some of these critical challenges. 

General Membership Meeting of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC): IMPT Secretariat staff looks forward to connecting with other SRH partners at the 16th General Membership Meeting of the RHSC. A session panel submitted by the IMPT is under review for presentation at this meeting.  Stay tuned for more details.  

International Conference on Family Planning: We are thrilled to announce that the IMPT’s panel, “Multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs): a promising response to current challenges around hormonal contraceptive methods and HIV,” was recently accepted as part of the program at the International Conference on Family Planning in Nusa Dua, Indonesia.  

North American Forum on Family Planning: MPTs will be featured in two sessions at the North American Forum on Family Planning in Chicago. The first will give a general overview of the status of MPT development, and the second will give technical insight into combining hormonal contraceptives with HIV prevention drugs in MPTs.  

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

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

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 

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