MPTs: Articles
from the Field

Issue #35 - 15 March 2017  




The Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) field is steadily evolving and expanding. Provided below are links to recent publications, media articles, and other resources relevant to MPTs to keep you up-to-date. Please note that contents are neither endorsed by nor necessarily represent the views of the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT), and that due to publication copyright and permissions restrictions, full-text versions of resources may not be publicly available.


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IMPT Secretariat Staff


The Initiative for MPTs (IMPT) invites you to join us  on Thursday, 4 May 2017 at 8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET for  the second in  a series of webinars  we will be hosting this year  to learn about critical issues in the rapidly developing MPT field:   Modelling the potential of MPTs: current landscape and challenges.
This 60-minute webinar will explore the current landscape of MPT modelling around public health impact, cost-effectiveness, uptake, and other forecasting. This webinar will feature a presentation by Idé Cremin (Imperial College London) and her team's complex model of the health impact and cost effectiveness of a contraceptive and HIV prevention IVR in South Africa, followed by a facilitated discussion. To register, click here 

Journal Articles

'Antiretrovirals for HIV Prevention: The CAPRISA 004 Tenofovir Gel Trial'. Baxter, Cheryl, Mansoor, Leila E., Gengiah, Tanuja N., Abdool Karim, Salim S., & Abdool Karim, Quarraisha. (2017, January). In Q. Abdool Karim, S. S. Abdool Karim & C. Baxter (Eds.), The CAPRISA Clinical Trials: HIV Treatment and Prevention (pp. 41-56). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Evaluation of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) and poly(dl-lactide-co-ε-caprolactone) electrospun fibers for the treatment of HSV-2 infection. Aniagyei, Stella E., Sims, Lee B., Malik, Danial A., Tyo, Kevin M., Curry, Keegan C., Kim, Woihwan, . . . Steinbach-Rankins, Jill M. (2017, March 1).  Materials Science and Engineering: C, 72, 238-251.

In vitro-ex vivo correlations between a cell-laden hydrogel and mucosal tissue for screening composite delivery systems. Blakney, A.K., Little, A.B., Jiang, Y., Woodrow, K.A.. (2017, February). Drug Delivery, 24(1).  

Media Articles

Use of contraceptives among teen girls draws mixed reactions . Mbonyinshuti, Jean D'Amour. (2017, March 7). The New Times. 

In the Blogoshpere

Ask the Expert: Women and HIV Prevention . (2017, March 8). Human Rights Campaign.
#BeInTheKnow: Woman & Girls HIV Awareness Day. Gordon, N. (2017, March 10). Human Rights Campaign. 


Funding Opportunities 

The MEASURE Evaluation project is pleased to announce a request for applications for its small grants program to increase the evidence base in routine health information systems (RHIS) in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH). The three primary objectives of this program are:
1)   To build research capacity among local agencies; 
2)   To address research gaps in routine health information for FP/RH to inform 
      policy and programmatic decision-making; and 
3)   To increase use of research findings by providing an opportunity for the data to         be disseminated to and used by local stakeholders. 
The small grants are intended to support primary and secondary data analysis -especially national and sub-national program or policy evaluation. The overall goal is to use the research findings to improve RHIS and advance FP outcomes. Small grant recipients are expected to produce a publishable manuscript and complete a data use activity. Concept papers are due by April 3, 2017. 

Career Opportunities 

Ipas is hiring a few key positions in our Technical Excellence department, including Availability Team Senior Advisor and Director of Technical Excellence. More information about Ipas and the complete list of job openings can be found on the Ipas website, at
The Global Health Fellows Program II, implemented by the Public Health Institute, is recruiting for a new bi-level fellowship as the Senior Research and Knowledge Management Advisor - GHFP-II-P6-242. Working in the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition within USAID's Bureau for Global Health, the Senior Research and Knowledge Management Advisor will provide technical leadership, guidance and coordination to advance the integrated use of policy, data, research and development to accelerate the uptake, scale, and sustained and effective use of maternal, newborn, child, and environmental health and nutrition programming. For more information, click here 
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