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Advancing Prevention Technologies for Sexual and Reproductive Health 2009

An International Strategy Symposium
March 24-25, 2009
Berkeley, California, United States

Symposium Goal

Accelerate the development of multi-purpose technologies that prevent pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and other common reproductive tract infections.

Symposium Background

A great deal of activity is aimed at developing methods for preventing unintended pregnancy, as well as for preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and reproductive tract infections. However, there has been less effort and attention to the urgent need to increase the range and availability of multi-purpose technologies that can protect individuals from several or all of these at the same time through the use of a single technology or method. Achieving this goal will require determined, well-coordinated, and innovative efforts.

In recognition of this, Advancing Prevention Technologies for Sexual and Reproductive Health, a strategy symposium, was convened in Berkeley, California, in March 2009 to accelerate the development and deployment of relevant multi-purpose technologies and strategies. The symposium featured 30 plenary and oral presentations from renowned experts in diverse disciplines and 31 poster presentations from new and senior-level scholars. Nearly 20 participants from 11 countries received full or partial scholarships to attend.

By bringing together a truly diverse group of experts and scholars to address this urgent need, the inaugural symposium took an important first step toward breaking down the disciplinary and research “silos” that have complicated the development of multi-purpose approaches that would comprehensively respond to the sexual and reproductive health needs of individuals worldwide.
The symposium was organized by experts from diverse disciplines who worked together to identify the biomedical, social science, regulatory, advocacy, and programmatic strategies needed to make multi-purpose prevention technologies a reality. Presentations focused on devices, preventive vaccines, and microbicides, as well as integrated service delivery as a multi-purpose prevention strategy. With funding from the US Agency of International Development, these organizations will continue to work together through the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT) for Reproductive Health which evolved out of the Symposium. Stay Tuned!

Agenda (PDF)

Executive Summary (PDF)

Meeting Report (PDF)

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by grant number 1R13A1078730-01A1 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.