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This Month's Updates:
 ●   Recording Now Available: Pharmacogenomics and Contraceptive Choice
 ●   The Importance of Listening to Provider Voices in Contraceptive R&D
 ●   CTI Exchange Favorites: What to Read, Listen to, and Watch 
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Recording Now Available: Pharmacogenomics and Contraceptive Choice

Did you know your DNA could potentially predict the best family planning method for you? On Monday, August 1, the Contraceptive Technology Innovation (CTI) Exchange hosted a webinar exploring this concept. Megan Christofield of Jhpiego sat down with experts Dr. Aaron Lazorwitz (Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus), Elena Rueda Carrasco (Dama Health), and Dr. Kavita Nanda (FHI 360) to discuss the potential of pharmacogenomics to help personalize contraceptive choice. The recording from this webinar is now available here. Please share this video and your thoughts on this exciting topic by tagging the CTI Exchange on Twitter, LinkedIn, or YouTube

The Importance of Listening to Provider Voices in Contraceptive R&D

Last year, CTI Exchange Youth Council member, Margaret Gaw had the opportunity to sit down with four healthcare providers who work with patients to provide excellent contraceptive care in Zambia, Brazil, Nigeria, and Kenya. This blog highlights the voices of these doctors and nurse-midwives who have their fingers on the pulse of family planning provider perspectives. It asks them to reflect on the benefits and barriers of current contraceptives and their ideas for future methods. An important take-away is that providers’ perspectives can and should inform researchers and stakeholders involved in contraceptive R&D. Read it now.

CTI Exchange Favorites

What We Are Reading, Listening to, and Watching this Month

Here are just a few things on our must-read/listen/watch list:

 ●  Opinion - A Fund to Supercharge USAID’s Global Health Equity Work: In this Devex article, the Global Health Technologies Coalition proposes a new way for USAID to invest in health research and development - the Supporting Innovative Global Health Technologies Fund, or SIGHT Fund. Read the opinion piece here.

●  Getting Started in Supply Chain Management Video Series: These 2-minute video snippets from the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition provide an overview of careers in supply chain management. Watch now.

●  Motherhood in Childhood - The Untold Story: A new report from UNFPA shows that almost one-third of women in low-and-middle-income countries had their first baby while they were teenagers. This highlights the critical importance of youth engagement  in contraceptive R&D and family planning. Read the full press release and access the report here.

●  World Population Day 2022: On July 11 the UN and its partners celebrated World Population Day, an annual event which seeks to raise awareness around global population issues. Take a look back at this years' events and conversations by viewing the most recent tweets using #WorldPopulationDay.

 ●  Envision FP - Seven Years of Success: Envision FP is a contraceptive technology research project that has been funded by USAID and led by FHI 360 over the past 7 years. It is coming to a close next month and this flip book provides an overview of the project's achievements in pharmaceutical development, clinical research, and product introduction from 2015-2022. Take a look and follow #EnvisionFPhighlights on Twitter.

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The CTI Exchange is a platform intended to grow the global contraceptive R&D ecosystem through collaboration and knowledge sharing. The platform is coordinated by FHI 360 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Contraceptive Technology Innovation Initiative. If you would like to receive updates, please sign up here. Input from our partners is essential to ensure the CTI Exchange offers the most up-to-date content and resources to readers. We encourage contributions to our blog, as well as submission of news items for our announcements section and content for our resource library. Reach out to us via email (, follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn, and subscribe to our YouTube channel to view past webinars and access a curated list of some of our favorite videos, conferences, lectures, and more!


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