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This Month's Updates:
 ●   Multipurpose Prevention Technologies and Self-Care
 ●   Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual Changes Research & Learning Agenda
 ●   Recording Available: Social Norms Research and Contraceptive R&D
 ●   CTI Exchange Favorites: What to Read, Listen to, & Watch 

Multipurpose Prevention Technologies and Self-Care

In a new post for the Contraceptive Technology Innovation Exchange's Beginning with the End in Mind series, authors from CAMI health argue that research and development (R&D) of multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) has the potential to expand self-care options in the sexual and reproductive health space and increase accessibility and acceptability of both contraception and HIV/STI prevention. Read the full post here.

Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual Changes Global Research & Learning Agenda

In November 2020, global stakeholders convened for an online technical consultation on contraceptive-induced menstrual changes (CIMCs). Since then, FHI 360 has convened a global, multidisciplinary CIMC Task Force to draft research and learning agendas focused on this issue. The new CIMC Global Research and Learning Agenda (RLA) was launched during a dissemination event on November 16, 2021. The recording of the dissemination meeting and the full CIMC Research & Learning Agenda can be accessed here.

Recording Available: Integrating Social Norms Research into Contraceptive R&D

On November 10, 2021 the CTI Exchange hosted a discussion with social norms experts and contraceptive developers. This panel shed light on how and why social norms research can be important and useful for those working in contraceptive R&D, especially in ensuring that products are acceptable and accessible for the populations we are trying to reach. The full webinar recording as well as a list of resources focused on social norms research are provided here

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:


 ●  Tapping into Youth Voices to Address Inequities and Grow the Global Contraceptive R&D Ecosystem: Recently, FHI 360 intern and CTI Exchange Youth Council founder, Margaret Gaw, participated in a storytelling session at the Triangle Global Health Conference. She shared the story of expanding youth involvement on the CTI Exchange, something we continue to work on daily. Take a look at her video and abstract here.


●  Variability in Contraceptive Clinical Trial Design and the Challenges in Making Comparisons Across Trials: This paper from Portman et al. examines the variability in contraceptive clinical trial design and the challenges this poses for making comparisons across trials.


 ●  FP2030 Launch: On November 18, 2020 a formal launch event introduced the newly transformed FP2030 partnership and its leadership. The event featured commitment-makers and guest speakers, including a panel discussion about the importance of innovation.


 ●  World Vasectomy Day 2021: World Vasectomy Day was celebrated this year on November 18 with a vasectomy providers summit, a symposium on vasectomy and male engagement in family planning, and a 24-hour livestream celebration. Learn more about all of these activities here.


 ●  20 Essential Resources: Knowledge SUCCESS recently published two new essential resources lists. Their list of essential resources for condoms was co-curated with FHI 360 and can be found here. Their 20 essentials list for self-care for family planning was created in partnership with PATH and can be found here


 ●  The Science of Mentorship Podcast: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has launched a podcast series focused on evidence-based mentorship practices. This series teaches both mentors and mentees how to develop skills to engage in the most effective STEMM mentoring relationships possible. Mentorship is key to building the next generation of contraceptive innovators. Listen now.

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 (cti@fhi360.org), 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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