CAMI International Education and Outreach for MPTs

 
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Women's Health in Women's Hands

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At CAMI's "Women's Health in Women's Hands" event

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 increased autonomy. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read about our recent accomplishments toward the development of Multipurpose Technologies (MPTs)!

“Women’s Health in Women’s Hands” was the title of an event hosted by CAMI/IMPT on 2 July 2014 in Oakland, CA, to discuss the need and potential for MPTs – globally and regionally. Featured speakers included  Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan (WHO), Ina Park (California Department of Public Health), and Bethany Young Holt (CAMI/PHI). Through this event we engaged new supporters of MPTs, including community advocates, health professionals, and funding organizations!

Additional accomplishments since our quarterly report in April:

  • The Scientific Agenda Working Group (SAWG) drafted product-type specific Target Product Profiles (TPPs) for on demand, intravaginal ring (IVR), and injectable MPTs.
  • With regional MPT messaging activities in South Africa and Kenya completed this spring, collateral is now being developed for ongoing outreach including PowerPoint presentations, factsheets, and brochures.
  • AVAC MPT Fellow, Everlyne Ombati, in collaboration with Elizabeth Bukusi (KEMRI), is working to strategize around how best to help civil society groups understand the future of prevention options for women in Kenya.
  • Jenni Smit (MatCH) is involved in two MPT-related studies in collaboration with PATH based in KwaZulu-Natal: 1) health system readiness for SILCS diaphragm introduction, and 2) SILCS diaphragm acceptability.
  • CAMI's Executive Director, Bethany Young Holt, and many of our partners throughout the United States and internationally have been making presentations at professional conferences and meetings to educate stakeholders about MPTs and their potential public health impact to improve women’s health.

Meet CAMI’s new Project Coordinator:

We are excited to introduce Laura Dellplain as our Project Coordinator who will provide budget, administrative and project support for CAMI and the IMPT. Laura comes to CAMI with an MHS in Social Factors in Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

CAMI and IMPT partners look ahead with enthusiasm and optimism towards steady progress this fall:

  • Two webinars this fall – one will address regulatory issues for MPT development with a focus on bioequivalence, and the other will address issues pertaining to MPT manufacturing.
  • In partnership with the NICHD, BMGF, and USAID, CAMI is organizing a 2-day, in-person meeting in Washington DC on Hormonal Contraceptives in MPTs to consider recommendations for MPT product development.
  • Be on the lookout for our new MPT Product Pipeline Database featuring search functions to access MPTs currently in development. This database will be available on our website, which is currently being revamped to be more user-friendly. We will announce the unveiling of our database and new-and-improved website, so stay tuned!

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

Apr 3, 2014

Greetings from CAMI!

Your generosity has enabled CAMI to continue its efforts to save lives and empower women and girls. Did you know that each year 1.7 million people die from AIDS, and every 60 seconds a young woman is infected with HIV? And, each year 287,000 women die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. For these and other reasons, women need user-friendly products offering comprehensive protection against sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies.

Your support has furthered our efforts to initiate, educate, and advocate for the accelerated development of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) to protect women’s sexual and reproductive health. We at CAMI want to share our significant accomplishments since our quarterly report in December:

• In January, CAMI hosted a live webinar featuring Dr. Joseph Romano (NWJ Group/CAMI) and Dr. Jim Turpin (DAIDS/NIAID/NIH) who discussed MPTs in development and product prioritization, attended by hundreds of health professionals worldwide.

• Supported by CAMI, the newly formed STI Working Group held their first in-person meeting in February in Washington, DC to lay a firm foundation for its role within the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT).

• CAMI has expanded its reach into India working with Nomita Chandhiok (Indian Council of Medical Research), Chairperson of the India MPT Task Force, to hold a convening in Delhi in March.

• With regional partners in Kenya and South Africa, CAMI has developed communication strategies to bring relevant, culturally-appropriate MPT messages to target audiences in these countries.

• CAMI has been publishing:

o CAMI and the World Health Organization raise awareness of MPTs in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s recent article, Multipurpose prevention technologies: maximising positive synergies.

o CAMI's Executive Director, Bethany Young Holt, authored an Op-Ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, and a guest blog on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimist blog.

• CAMI grows by one. We are excited to introduce Marisa Cheung, who will provide grant research and writing, in addition to project support for CAMI and IMPT. We thank the generous support of the Mary Wohlford Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID supporting this new position.

 

CAMI and IMPT partners look ahead with enthusiasm and optimism towards steady progress this spring:

• This April CAMI and IMPT members are meeting in Washington, DC to solidify its governance structure and to strategize on funder coordination efforts. Centralizing working group meetings aligns our work and maximizes resources in efficient ways.

• Be on the lookout for our NEW MPT Product Pipeline Database featuring search functions to access MPTs currently in development. This database will be accessed on our website, which is currently being revamped to be more user-friendly. We will announce the unveiling of our database and new-and-improved website, so stay tuned!

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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Dec 20, 2013

Holiday 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 2.5 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 August 2013, your donations have greatly enhanced our strategic outreach efforts helping to further the field of MPTs. A few examples of what we have been able to accomplish are below.

  • CAMI was also featured in a blog post on the need for MPTs, written by Bethany Young Holt and featured in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists.  

CAMI and IMPT partners attended and presented at conferences in September, October, November and December including:

  • Attending and presenting at the September conference Reproductive Health 2013, hosted by IMPT partner organization the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP).
  • On behalf of the IMPT, Dr. Alan Stone attended “New HIV Prevention Strategies: Future of Microbicides” on the 16th of October in Brussels. Dr. Stone presented a poster entitled: One Product. Simultaneous Protection. Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) for Sexual and Reproductive Health. A video interview was conducted with Dr. Stone. You may access the video here.
  • Also in November, IMPT partners traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the International Conference on Family Planning where there were two MPT-dedicated sessions, an MPT roundtable as well as a CAMI/IMPT-hosted booth.

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

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

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Public Health Institute

Folsom, California, United States
http://www.cami-health.org

Project Leader

Kathryn Stewart

Folsom, California United States

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