“It’s all in a decade’s work”: A Ten-Year Retrospective Report on the IMPT
Increase awareness and support for MPTs

Stakeholders must raise awareness, build support, and mainstream the concept of multipurpose prevention. By building a cadre of stakeholders across disciplines, for example, the global health community can foster a new generation of researchers, developers, advocates, providers, and policymakers who will incorporate multipurpose prevention options into health programs. […] To build momentum, it will be critical to communicate progress, which will likely include strengthened collaboration across sectors, new multidisciplinary approaches, greater cost efficiencies, and accelerated impact. Now is the time to stimulate discussion, debate, and action on multipurpose prevention technologies. –Excerpt from “Saving Lives” brief, 2010.

Over the past ten years, a central aim for the IMPT has been to increase awareness around, and support for, MPTs. Many MPT-focused articles have been published in the mainstream media and popular press, including the Guardian, Ms. Magazine, the New York Times, and Women in the World. In 2014, the World Health Organization and IMPT were guest editors for a special issue on MPTs in the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, featuring a wide array of research, policy, and advocacy articles on MPTs from global IMPT stakeholders. Also in 2014, the IMPT launched the “With an MPT I Can” Campaign. This ongoing campaign was a first step toward encouraging women to imagine the possibilities of the ways in which an MPT could impact their lives. Tremendous strides have been made in the awareness space. Only a decade ago the term ‘MPT’ was just being discussed into existence. Fast forward to 2017 where the keynote speaker at the International AIDS Society conference had a slide about the promise of MPTs! MPTs Campaign

In the early days of the IMPT, most external presentations given by the IMPT Secretariat and network partners were dedicated to explaining the MPT concept as such. Ten years later the MPT concept is well established within the broader fields of sexual and reproductive health, as well as within the HIV prevention space; and although raising awareness around MPTs remains at the core of the IMPT network, external discussions have shifted to technical specifics and fieldwide updates, as opposed to the ‘MPTs 101’ format. In this way, as described in section one, the IMPT has shifted to focus on awareness efforts around solidifying sustainable support for a now more recognizable field.

Grounded in the learning network framework, over the past decade the IMPT has mobilized resources to further expand awareness around and support for MPTs guided by three component parts: 1) information in; 2) information out; and 3) information across. These components have increased the MPT field knowledge base, but also strengthened the methods in which innovative discussions and actions are showcased among a collection of stakeholders driven to improve women’s sexual and reproductive health.