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:
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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