IMPT Secretariat Staff

Aug20

An ArcGIS Mapping Tool to Identify MPT Target Populations

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 Written by // Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra, Kyli Gallington, IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // contraceptive, GIS mapping, HIV, women

In sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls and young women are at the highest risk of acquiring HIV. However, as this is a heterogeneous population, the characteristics of these women can vary greatly. A one-size-fits-all approach simply will not work. In order for MPTs to have the greatest impact, approaches must be tailored to the populations where they are most likely to be successful.

May28

Impactful collaborations today for innovative solutions tomorrow

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // lives, network, rights, women’s health

This International Women’s Health Day, we at the IMPT remain committed to making impactful contributions in improving women’s health, rights, and lives.

Jan01

A year in review: 2018

Tuesday, 01 January 2019 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // action, development, network, New Year

Happy New Year from the IMPT Secretariat!

Recharged from the holiday season, we are proud to share a few major highlights from our 2018 work as IMPT learning network manager – fostering connections between multidisciplinary partners; collecting, synthesizing, and disseminating MPT-relevant information; and accelerating action to advance progress in the field.

Dec01

IMPT Advisory Council: Pioneers for an HIV-free world and more

Saturday, 01 December 2018 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // advisory council, HIV, prevention, product choices, women, World AIDS Day

Every four minutes, three young women will become infected with HIV—that’s close to 900,000 new infections a year. While HIV prevention research and drug development have progressed rapidly, there is still work to be done. This World AIDS Day, we reflect on our work to advance MPTs by asking the IMPT Advisory Council for their perspective on the role of MPTs in the fight to end the HIV epidemic.

Nov20

Market-based targets for MPT development: Expanding the target product profile

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // product development, target market

Earlier this year, we wrote a post about Target Product Profiles (TPPs) and the generalized versions that the IMPT developed in 2015 for two MPT product types. As we argue in that post, a product that meets all clinical targets listed in a TPP will not necessarily correlate to its public health impact in the real world. That is, not unless we work to understand what the future end-users of MPTs – who include both the women who will use MPTs to protect their sexual and reproductive health as well as the health providers who will prescribe MPTs for these women – want and need in a product and then integrate those learnings into the product development process. Of course, it is critical that an MPT be efficacious and safe, but how can we expand the product evaluation process to better ensure that future end-users will be able to access, want to try, and continue to use an MPT?

Sep24

Just released: IMPT’s article on advancing MPTs that combine hormonal contraception and HIV prevention

Monday, 24 September 2018 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // action framework, contraception, HIV, hormonal, prevention

The field of MPTs that combine hormonal contraception (HC) and antiretroviral drugs for HIV prevention has made substantial progress in the past several years. There are two such MPTs in phase I clinical trials: 1) IPM’s dapivirine and levonorgestrel intravaginal ring and 2) CONRAD’s tenofovir and levonorgestrel intravaginal ring – with several other HC + ARV MPT products on the cusp in various stages of preclinical development.

Sep04

MPT field investments & collaborations are assets for global sexual health

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 Written by // Fatima Riaz, IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // investment, prevention, sexual health, tracking, working group

Today, on World Sexual Health Day, we at the IMPT reflect on how to work with partners to improve sexual health across the globe. There are many things that could be done, many different approaches, and many people we can work with towards this goal. Here, at the IMPT, we see multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) to be one such promising strategy with the potential to improve the sexual health – and lives – of women and their families across the globe.

Jun28

Looking ahead: The role of healthcare providers in the success of MPTs

Thursday, 28 June 2018 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // experience, gatekeepers, healthcare, patients, prevention, providers, survey

As a healthcare provider, your perspective matters in the movement to advance the field of multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs). Physicians, nurses, community health workers, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers are critical “gatekeepers” of health products and information with their clients and in their communities, and thus they have a big impact on their patients’ health behaviors and outcomes. Fostering a trustworthy healthcare environment has been linked to increased comfort levels and better patient health, as well as increased medication adherence.  You will be on the frontlines of ensuring the success of MPTs once they hit the market – giving patients access to such products and helping them with correct and consistent use.

May25

Secretariat launches IMPT Advisory Council

Friday, 25 May 2018 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // advisory council, development, funder engagement, investment, network, reproductive health, sustainability

We are pleased to announce the launch of the IMPT Advisory Council – a group tasked with providing strategic guidance for the IMPT network, with a particular emphasis on sustainability and new stakeholder engagement.

Jan22

MPT target product profiles

Monday, 22 January 2018 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // clinical, development, process, product, regulatory, target-setting, TPP

A critical function of the IMPT Secretariat is to serve as a knowledge manager for the MPT field. In this way, we collect and disseminate MPT-relevant resources, as well as synthesize data and stakeholder expertise into useful tools and frameworks in order to inform future work within the MPT field. While the IMPT Secretariat continues to develop new resources to meet the needs of an evolving field, we want to highlight a tool – originally developed in 2015 – that is still relevant to stakeholders in the MPT field today: generalized Target Product Profiles (TPPs) for intravaginal ring (IVR) MPTs and long-acting injectable MPTs.

Dec21

ICYMI: Discussion on end-user research for MPT R&D

Thursday, 21 December 2017 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // challenges, end-user, HIV, methods, prevention, product, reproductive health, research, women

At this point, we do not likely need to convince you that if you are aiming to develop and introduce an MPT product, incorporating end-user research into the process is a good idea, especially if you want it to have a positive public health impact. We at the IMPT Secretariat are delighted that end-user research has become an increased focus in the contraception, HIV prevention, and global health spaces. It is now critical that enthusiasm for end-user research in these fields is applied effectively – that is, employs the right methods with the right stakeholders during the right stages, asks questions that fill knowledge gaps rather than ‘reinvent the wheel,’ and otherwise addresses past challenges experienced with this type of research.

Nov29

Status of the field: MPTs in the product pipeline

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // contraception, prevention, product development, STIs, women

Since 2009, when MPTs officially became a “thing,” we have had a lot of conversations about MPTs and answered even more questions. We have spoken with friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, seatmates on plane flights – you name it. Until recently, not many people had heard of MPTs, and we spent a large part of these conversations doing quite a bit of explaining.

Most people we talk to seem universally on board with the concept of MPTs, thinking that it “just makes sense” as a prevention approach. However, because there aren’t many ready-to-use MPTs on the market (condoms being the sole exception) they are also hesitant to get “too excited” about future products still in development. For many, MPTs sound great – but intangible, disconnected from reality.

Nov13

MPTs 101: Why youth providers need to know this term

Monday, 13 November 2017 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // prevention, product development, reproductive health, sexual health

If you are an advocate for youth health and wellbeing, you need to know about multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) – innovative tools on the horizon to address a gap in the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls. It’s a long name, but there’s a reason behind that. First, these tools are called multipurpose prevention because they simultaneously protect against various combinations of HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) AND unintended pregnancy. Second, the add-on of technologies illustrates that the field is developing a range of product types that deliver prevention in innovative ways. This includes intravaginal rings, vaginal inserts, films and patches, vaginal gels combined with barrier methods, implants, oral tablets, long-acting injectables…the list goes on!

Nov02

Will you join us?

Thursday, 02 November 2017 Written by // IMPT Secretariat Staff Tags // HIV, innovation, prevention, product, reproductive health, SRH, STIs, women

It remains unacceptable that women and girls worldwide continue to confront preventable sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, as well as face high rates of unintended pregnancies. It is unacceptable that advocates, scientists, and politicians still need to convince people that investing in, innovating around, and creating a supportive policy environment for women’s health is imperative. Public health figures should speak for themselves –  women need access, innovation, more options for disease and pregnancy prevention. It has been nearly 40 years since the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, 60 years since the first birth control pill became available, and 90 years since penicillin was discovered and became a successful treatment for bacterial STIs. While many critical advances have been made in the decades following these sexual and reproductive health milestones, the continued suffering of millions of women worldwide means that we, as a public health community, need to do better.

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