Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT)
Advancing the Scientific and Technical Agenda

Technical webinars

The IMPT Secretariat conducted its first formal webinar series in 2017, with a second webinar series launched in December 2017. The first series aimed to profile critical issues for the MPT field identified through expert consultations in 2016 and spanned the topics of bioequivalence and bioavailability, to impact and cost-effectiveness modelling, to end-user research for MPT development and introduction. These webinars accrued 90 - 130 unique registrants per webinar. The second series, tailored to an audience new to the MPT field, kicked off in December with a dynamic discussion on end-user research, building on the previous series.

Informing end-user research for MPTs

The Secretariat tracks and synthesizes end-user research in the MPT field and develops resources to support ongoing and future work in this space. In 2017, nine relevant end-user projects across the globe employed a variety of methods to answer diverse questions about end-user contexts and implications for SRH prevention product development and introduction. In addition to two webinars on the topic, the Secretariat expanded its MPT Strategic Evaluation Framework to synthesize learnings from end-user research in HIV prevention, family planning, and MPT development to inform target-setting around market attributes.

MPT primary target population identification

In 2017, the IMPT Secretariat initiated an activity that uses epidemiologic and programmatic analyses to answer the question: Which population(s) should be the focus for MPT development and roll-out to create maximum potential for product uptake, effective use, and public health impact? Initial data analysis is slated for completion in 2018, and the IMPT Secretariat will unveil an interactive GIS mapping tool to inform product development decisions.

MPT mathematical modelling

In 2017, the IMPT Secretariat completed a landscape review of MPT impact and cost-effectiveness mathematical modelling projects to identify gaps and inform next steps for MPT modelling work. Four primary projects were identified, and discussions around gaps and next steps were expanded upon during the IMPT-hosted technical webinar (see above).