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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.
Sep 3, 2013

Summer Greetings from CAMI!

Your generosity has strengthened CAMI’s work to save lives and empower women and girls. With 86 million unintended pregnancies around the world every year and 2.7 million new HIV cases, women need a user-friendly product that provides more comprehensive protection. Even for women using family planning, most birth control methods offer no protection against HIV and STIs, and condoms are under used.

Your support has furthered our efforts to initiate, educate, and advocate for the accelerated development of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) and other strategies for improved sexual and reproductive health.

Since May 2013, your donations have greatly enhanced our strategic outreach efforts helping to further the field of MPTs. Here are a few examples of what we have been able to accomplish:

CAMI and IMPT partners hosted sessions at two conferences in May including:

  • The European Society for Contraception’s (ESC) First Global Conference on Contraception, Reproductive and Sexual Health in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 22-25, 2013. CAMI, along with the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals, organized a panel titled: MPTs for sexual and reproductive health: meeting a critical need for women and their families. You can access meeting materials from the session, including presentations, here: http://www.cami-health.org/convenings/ESC2013.php.
  • Women Deliver in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 28-30, 2013.  CAMI and the IMPT organized a panel titled: Multipurpose Prevention Technologies for Women and Girls, featuring experts from the around the world including: the World Health Organization, AVAC, Indian Council for Medical Research, IPM, USAID and GNP+. You can access meeting materials from the session, including presentations, here: http://www.cami-health.org/convenings/womendeliver2013.php.

On behalf of the IMPT, Professor Allen Wu of Nanjing University in China, in July attended the STI & AIDS World Congress in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Wu presented a poster entitled: Multidisciplinary approach to contain HIV-1 and other STIs in China: Multipurpose Prevention Technologies. You can access his poster here.

Upcoming items to look forward to include:

  • Attending the September conference Reproductive Health 2013, hosted by IMPT partner organization the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP).

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

May 14, 2013

Thanks for helping CAMI expand outreach efforts!

Your generosity has strengthened CAMI’s work to save lives and empower women and girls. Your support has furthered our efforts to initiate, educate, and advocate for the accelerated development of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) and other strategies for improved sexual and reproductive health.

Since January 2013, your donations have greatly enhanced our strategic outreach efforts helping to further the field of MPTs. Here are a few examples of what we have been able to accomplish:

  • CAMI along with IMPT partners have presented at multiple conferences and meetings in February and March including:
    • The CONRAD Product Development Workshop, Bethany Young Holt and Joseph Romano (CAMI consultant) presented on the prioritization and gap analysis for MPTs.  
    • At Population Action International, Bethany Young Holt presented on CAMI and the IMPT, making the case for MPTs and defining the collaborative and multidisciplinary structure of the IMPT.    
    • At the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) CA Meeting Bethany Young Holt provided an overview of CAMI and the IMPT’s current and future workplans. 
    • At the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) Meeting, Bethany Young Holt and IMPT members Judy Manning (USAID) and Joseph Romano (CAMI Consultant) presented on origins of CAMI and the IMPT as well as the product prioritization process work of the Scientific Agenda Working Group, a working group of the IMPT.

This summer, CAMI and other IMPT members will be participating at meetings across the globe, including:

  1. The European Society for Contraception’s First Global Conference on Contraception, Reproductive and Sexual Health in Copenhagen, Denmark May 22-25, 2013.  CAMI, along with the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals, organized a panel titled: MPTs for sexual and reproductive health: meeting a critical need for women and their families.
  2. Women Deliver in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 28-30, 2013.  CAMI and the IMPT organized a panel titled Multipurpose Prevention Technologies for Women and Girls, featuring experts from the around the world including: the World Health Organization, AVAC, Indian Council for Medical Research, IPM, USAID and GNP+.

Look for updates from these meetings in our next report!

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

Jan 10, 2013

Happy New Year's from CAMI

Imagine a world where women and girls are empowered to protect themselves from both unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

That’s what we’re about.  We are the Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations (CAMI). 

Your generosity has strengthened our work to save lives and empower women and girls. A tax-deductible donation will support our efforts to initiate, educate, and advocate for the accelerated development of multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) and other strategies for improved sexual and reproductive health, including:

  • Safe and accessible prevention products;
  • Research into available and emerging prevention technologies;
  • An online resource hub and networking resource for our global network of colleagues and supporters;
  • Educational and advocacy materials for partners in the US around the world.

Since the end of September, your donations have greatly enhanced our strategic outreach efforts helping to further the field of MPTs. Here are a few examples of what we have been able to accomplish:

  • In mid December, CAMI partnered with the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) for the first-ever regional symposium on MPTs held in New Delhi, India. This conference assembled regional and international experts in order to identify research priorities relevant to India and define a clear agenda for MPT research and development. CAMI will build from ICMR’s meeting outcomes to better expand our work, which has been generously supported through the assistance of Global Giving and others.    
  • IMPT Communication, Advocacy and Outreach Strategy Meeting held on 16 November 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The meeting’s purpose was to review and prioritize communication, advocacy and outreach goals and activities for the next 18 – 24 months that will advance the development and introduction of MPTs.
  • In late October, CAMI convened a small meeting in Washington D.C. of 35 donors and technical experts working in the areas of contraception and STI prevention from around the globe for an MPT Product Prioritization Stakeholder Meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to consider the preliminary recommendations generated by the IMPT Scientific Advisory Working Group (SAWG), which consists of representatives from the major family planning/reproductive health and HIV prevention donors, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, Indian Council of Medical Research, NIH, and USAID. 
  • Starting on October 27, the American Public Health Association (APHA) hosted the 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, California. On the conference’s final day (October 31, 2012), CAMI’s Director, Bethany Young Holt, presented on Multipurpose Prevention Technologies for Reproductive Health.

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

On behalf of CAMI and the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies, we thank you for your steadfast commitment to women and girls.  As we enter 2013, we are excited about the promising work ahead of us to make simultaneous prevention a reality.  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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