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Advancing Prevention Technologies for Sexual and Reproductive Health (Report of a Symposium)

2009 | Download

An international symposium convened in Berkeley, Calif., in March 2009 with the goal of accelerating the development and deployment of relevant mult-purpose technologies and strategies around sexual and reproductive health. This report reviews what happened during the convention.

To achieve the important goal of developing and deploying effective, acceptable, and affordable multi-purpose prevention technologies will require a determined, well-coordinated, and innovative effort. In recognition of this, an international symposium was convened in Berkeley, California, USA, in March 2009 with the goal of accelerating the development and deployment of relevant multi-purpose technologies and strategies. In view of the unusual breadth of the topics that necessarily impinge on this aim, invited delegates (see Annex 2) were drawn from a wide range of relevant disciplines, from the basic sciences to family planning, sociology, public health, and international development.  

The meeting agenda was designed to maximize the opportunity for this group of international experts to share diverse kinds of information and discuss ideas over a period of two days. The first session set the scene by defining multi-purpose technologies in the context of sexual and reproductive health and illustrating the need for them. This was followed by sessions devoted to exploring strategies for developing, respectively, multi-purpose devices, preventive vaccines, microbicides, and other relevant multi-purpose preventive technologies. In each session delegates considered existing and evolving technologies and related services, and priorities for developing multi-purpose technologies. The main challenges were identified in both the development and deployment of these new technologies, and measures were discussed that might help to overcome obstacles to progress. 

These technical discussions were followed by a session devoted to the integration of multi-purpose technologies into prevention strategies and service delivery. This began with an expert panel whose aim was to identify the biomedical, social science, regulatory, advocacy, and programmatic strategies needed in order to achieve this. Delegates then broke into five working groups which focused in more detail on priorities for advancing appropriate scientific strategies and policy requirements. 

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