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