Annual Report 2015: The Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT)
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The Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT) works to foster a world where women and girls have the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) prevention tools they need to lead full, healthy lives. The substantial social, health, and economic burdens faced by women and girls due to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), particularly HIV, are among the greatest obstacles to their ability to thrive.
Through a strategic, multidisciplinary, and product neutral collaboration of scientists, advocates, and funders, the IMPT facilitates the new field of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) on a global scale.
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MPTs are a new class of sexual and reproductive health prevention products that deliver HIV prevention, other STI prevention, and contraception in varied combinations. MPTs will improve the lives of women and families worldwide by delivering simultaneous prevention in methods that women want to use.
Condoms are the only currently available option that can prevent the simultaneous risks of HIV, other STIs, and unintended pregnancy. While condoms are important, they are not enough. Women need more comprehensive options that suit the circumstances of their lives.
In six short years, the IMPT has made tremendous progress in advancing the MPT field by harnessing the expertise of close to 1,200 stakeholders worldwide. MPTs now have a robust product development pipeline, funding agencies are collaborating to make R&D decisions that are informed by the strategically coordinated field, in-country task forces in some of the world's most affected regions are actively involved in laying the policy groundwork for MPT introduction, and advocates are working to address access and uptake issues.
About the IMPT
The Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT) is a project of CAMI Health, an organization dedicated to women’s reproductive health and empowerment. CAMI Health is housed at the Public Health Institute (PHI).