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multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs)
Our team has been hard at work facilitating engaging virtual discussions, and fostering support across the globe to advance multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs)—combination products designed to simultaneously prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and/or unintended pregnancy. This included a recent webinar discussion on socio-behavioral research and MPT R&D.

We also supported RTI International’s Women’s Global Health Imperative to produce a new brief focusing on long-acting injections as a delivery form for women’s HIV prevention and as a potential delivery form for MPTs, based on TRIO Study findings.

There was much excitement around the HIVR4P Conference that took place earlier this year. We're thrilled to have MPTs featured in various sessions and to hear long-awaited announcements around promising MPT products. We're also excited that MPTs were included as part of the Contraception Innovation Summit held virtually in February. These events, along with the release of the book Strange Bedfellows, authored by IMPT partner Dr. Ina Park, has brought increasing media attention to MPTs.

On March 8th, we joined the world in celebrating International Women’s Day, calling out the champions who work to provide women everywhere with a wider array of product choices, like MPTs, so they can manage their reproductive health and futures--regardless of their stage of life or socioeconomic standing.

We’re now launching into our annual update of the MPT Product Development Database. We’ll reach out to MPT product developers to help update the MPT candidates already in the database. If you know of any MPTs that are actively funded and in development (see criteria here) but not yet reflected in our database, please contact us.

Anyway, this issue of MPT Insider has so much in store for you. Read on for more!

Best regards,
Secretariat Staff
Funding Opportunities

A recently released opportunity from USAID is listed below. See other available opportunities here.

USAID’s Microbicide 2021 Introduction and Access Project (FO#: 7200AA21RFA00008) is seeking applications to ensure that women can prevent HIV acquisition by accelerating the introduction and scale-up of biomedical products for HIV prevention, especially those products that are new or for which regulatory approval is imminent, and to expedite their availability, acceptance, uptake, and impact in PEPFAR programs. This includes MPTs that prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and/or unintended pregnancy. Applications will be accepted until 28 March 2021. See details at the link!
Integrating Socio-behavioral & Market Research into MPT R&D: Applying Lessons Learned

In this second webinar in the IMPT’s “Let’s Talk MPTs” series, we brought together MPT developers with product candidates in different stages of development and socio-behavioral and clinical researchers for an engaging dialogue about the socio-behavioral and market research needs of the MPT field. This webinar builds upon the NICHD socio-behavioral research workshop from September 2020 and a USAID funded Biomedical HIV Prevention Product Investment Framework. Watch the recording here!
Missed our previous discussion? Hear from Drs. Ravel and Deese about the vaginal microbiota and potential implications for MPT development!

The “Let's Talk MPTs" aims to highlight key issues in the MPT field and to connect multidisciplinary leaders to further stimulate innovation and collaboration. Stay tuned for upcoming webinar discussions!
MPT Research Briefs
TRIO study brief: Long-acting injections for women’s HIV prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa: What end-users think. (2021). RTI International, Impact Research and Development Organization, Setshaba Research Centre, & Initiative for MPTs.

With injections as a new biomedical HIV prevention strategy on the horizon, the TRIO study’s end-user findings from women and healthcare providers provide a timely contribution to late-stage product development. Further, they inform market introduction considerations for rollout of injectable delivery forms for women.
Conferences and Key Dates

21-24 April 2021 | Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange (GHTechX) is an annual learning forum for global health experts, students, and professionals from a variety of technical areas. This free and open event will take place virtually. This year, the IMPT will be presenting “The Power of MPTs: Combining Prevention of HIV, other STIs, and Pregnancy,” in a livestreamed session. We hope to connect with you then. Register at the link above!

18-21 July 2021 | IAS 2021, a biennial conference presenting the critical advances in basic, clinical and operational research that moves science into policy and practice, will be held virtually. Register here by 31 March for early bird rates!

27-30 October 2021 | 18th European AIDS Conference will be held onsite in London, UK and online under the theme "Crossing Borders" to showcase innovations in clinical care and supporting partnership working in HIV. Regular abstract submissions will be accepted until 1 July and clinical case abstracts until 30 August. Register today!

14-17 November 2022 | The 6th International Conference on Family Planning has been rescheduled to November 2022 and is still set to take place in Pattaya City, Thailand. This will be a stage to disseminate knowledge, celebrate successes, and identify next steps toward reaching the goal of universal access to family planning systems, services and products. Learn more!
Career Opportunities

Are you interested in career pathways in MPT research? See resources here!

Doctors Without Borders is seeking Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) specialists for their projects in 70+ countries. IPC specialists manage activities, lead the development and maintenance of an infection-control program in an MSF field project. The goals of the role include striving for good quality of care and the safety of patients, caretakers and staff. In accordance with MSF protocols and standards, IPC managers will participate in the definition of the project’s IPC objectives. Apply today!

Guttmacher Institute is seeking a New York-based Research Assistant I to assist with social science research pertaining to reproductive behavior and access to health care services (principally sexual behavior, family planning, unintended pregnancy and abortion) in both domestic and international contexts. Apply now!

Guttmacher Institute is seeking a Director of Public Policy, US & Global to be responsible for managing all aspects of the Institute’s work to advance a federal and global policy agenda for SRHR that is comprehensive, evidence-based and rooted in human rights principles. See the link for more.

IAS is seeking a JIAS Managing Editor to be responsible for the day-to day running of the journal including the editorial process for manuscripts submitted to the journal, and liaising with Editors-in-Chief, Deputy Editors and Editorial Board, as well as the publisher and other external partners to ensure high quality and regular publications. Additionally, the incumbent will also be responsible for coordinating capacity-building activities. Apply by 31 March 2021. See the link for more and apply now!

IAS is seeking a Geneva-based Manager of HIV Prevention Research and Development to be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the activities of the Enterprise towards delivering on its strategic plan under the direction of the Deputy Director, HIV Programmes and Advocacy. See the link for more and apply today!
Resources for Early Career Professionals, Research Trainees, and Students

We want to support your development into the next generation of reproductive health professionals, including MPT research. We’ve compiled some interesting opportunities like the below and more resources here. Check it out!

The Male Contraceptive Initiative (MCI) fellowship program supports graduate students and postdoctoral trainees working with senior investigators specializing in male contraception, including approaches with the potential to result in an MPT. Selected fellows will receive $50,000 to support their project each year for two years. See the full call for applications and submit by 16 April!
What We're Reading
In Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDs,” author Dr. Ina Park (Associate Professor at University of California San Francisco, an infectious disease physician, sex educator, and long-time IMPT partner) examines STIs by blending science and storytelling with historical tales, real life sexual escapades, and interviews with leading sexual and reproductive health scientists. In the book, she features the IMPT and MPT development as a movement “to put products for women’s sexual health in women’s hands.” Check out the book and its glowing review in The New York Times!
Help challenge access barriers to products that can provide women around the globe with HIV prevention, other STI prevention, and contraception. Donate on our website today!
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