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This Month's Updates:
 ●   Engaging Youth in the CTI Exchange
 ●   Self-Care and Contraceptives
 ●   CTI Exchange Favorites: What to Read, Listen to, Watch & Who to Follow

Engaging Youth in the CTI Exchange

In August, we will be celebrating International Youth Day all month long, starting with the launch of the CTI Exchange Youth Council. The Youth Council is a platform for connecting diverse and talented youth leaders, researchers, and stakeholders to build momentum around youth engagement in contraceptive R&D. It will bring together a group of young people from around the world to directly inform the work of the CTI Exchange. If you, or young people you know, would be interested in getting involved, please reach out. Also, remember to bookmark and share this post which is periodically updated to highlight scholarship, fellowship, and training opportunities for future innovators.

Self-Care and Contraceptives

The growing conversation around self-care globally is important for contraceptive innovators because access to contraceptives can be improved through the development of self-managed methods. To commemorate self-care month in July we have featured a number of self-care resources and events on the CTI Exchange including:
●  New WHO Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Health: This provides evidence-based recommendations on specific self-care interventions that can help ensure quality health and well-being and promote and protect human rights.
 ●  Self-Care Discovery Series: A highly interactive, virtual forum where participants exchange and incubate ideas, experiences, and solutions on a variety of self-care topics.
 ●  Navigating Paradox in Self-Care: This publication in BMJ Global Health discusses the paradoxes and nuances that need to be addressed when considering self-care interventions.

CTI Exchange Favorites

What We Are Reading, Listening To and Watching

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

 ●  Virtual Symposia on Contraceptive Discovery: On July 21, July 28, and August 4, the Society for the Study of Reproduction will host a three-part symposium series focused on cutting edge research in contraceptive development, including drug discovery, drug delivery, and more.

 ●  ICFP "Not Without FP Forum" Report: The Not Without Family Planning (FP) Forum Event Report is now available for viewing and sharing. The report breaks down the program, impact, and reach of the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP)'s first-ever virtual Not Without FP Forum, held February 2-3, 2021.

 ●  Meaningful Youth Engagement in HCD & ASRH: The HCDExchange community came together in early July to co-create a statement on Meaningful Youth Engagement in the field of human-centered design and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. The recording of this discussion is now available and the statement will be finalized and made public on August 3.

 ●  Conducting Clinical Trials During the COVID-19 Pandemic: In case you missed it, authors from FHI 360’s clinical operations team took a closer look at the challenges and lessons learned while conducting clinical trials during COVID-19. This post was also recently featured on FHI 360’s R&E Search for Evidence blog.

 ●  The Future of Birth Control on NPR: Drs. Diana Blithe and Mitchell Creinin and Ms. Saundra Pelletier joined NPR’s 1A for a discussion about the future of contraceptives and what the next 60 years could bring.

 ●  Structure of a Mammalian Sperm Cation Channel Complex: The assembly and organization details of the "CatSpermasome" presented in this Nature publication lay the foundation for the development of CatSper-related male contraceptives.

Who We Are Following

For more updates in the world of contraceptive R&D and family planning, follow these projects or groups on social media:

 ●  SEMA Reproductive Health: A new global partnership working to transform sexual and reproductive health product markets so people around the world can control their health and futures.

 ●  Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR): An association of scientists and physicians from 50 countries around the world founded to promote the study of reproduction by fostering interdisciplinary communication among scientists, holding conferences, and publishing meritorious studies.

Follow and Share the CTI Exchange!

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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