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This Month's Updates:
 ●   Self-Care and Contraceptive R&D
 ●   CTI Exchange Resource Library Updates
 ●   CTI Exchange Favorites: What to Read, Listen to, & Watch 

Self-Care and Contraceptive R&D

As a continuation of the Contraceptive Technology Innovation Exchange's Beginning with the End in Mind series, Grace Gayoso Pasion, Asia Regional Knowledge Management Officer for Knowledge SUCCESS sat down with Drs. Lisa B. Haddad, Saumya RamaRao, and Harriet Birungi of the Population Council and authors of a commentary published in Contraception titled Addressing contraceptive needs exacerbated by COVID-19: A call for increasing choice and access to self-managed methods. They discussed the importance of self-care and called for research and development that expands options for more and better self-managed contraceptive methods in order to increase access, acceptability, affordability, and equity for family planning users globally. Watch the discussion here.

CTI Exchange Resource Library Updates

Did you know that the CTI Exchange Resource Library offers information about contraceptive R&D, regulatory requirements, quality assurance, product introduction, and advocacy. Our team has been working over the past few months to update this exciting resource. Take a look and share this resource widely, and contact us if you have additional resources to suggest. 

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:

 ●  Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series: This series hosted by White Ribbon Alliance in July and August in collaboration with the Self-Care Trailblazer Group, presented new knowledge, elevated self-care solutions, and forged connections across issues and geographies. Register on the site to access resources and watch session recordings.

 ●  Crash Course in Human Centered Design for ASRH: Following the development of their statement on meaningful youth engagement in adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH), HCDExchange, hosted a series of three interactive design workshops aimed at exploring how to use human-centered design (HCD) and design thinking to improve awareness, access and advocacy in ASRH. Follow their YouTube channel for session recordings.

 ●  Youth Lead Innovation Festival: In honor of International Youth Day, the UN Youth Envoy hosted a celebration of innovative youth-led solutions to advance the achievement of the SDGs and support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The full recording is available now.

 ●  Male Contraceptive Fellowships - Support for Trainee Research: Watch this recording from the Male Contraceptive Initiative's (MCI's) Lemonade Stand Series. The webinar highlights the research and experiences of three MCI fellows, Melanie Balbach of Weill Cornell Medicine, Jae Yeon Hwang of Yale University, and Max Lyon of Washington University in St. Louis.

 ●  Engineering sperm-binding IgG antibodies for the development of an effective nonhormonal female contraception: Many women have contraindications to or are dissatisfied with hormonal-based contraception. To address this, Shrestha and colleagues developed a panel of sperm-binding antibodies based on an immunoglobulin against human sperm isolated from an infertile woman. Their research was published this month in Science Translational Medicine.

 ●  Decolonising global health: beyond 'reformative' roadmaps and towards decolonial thought: A provocative piece from founders of the Duke Decolonizing Global Health work Group calls for "a complete overhaul of the colonial situation that is the global health industry."

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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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