Throughout 2017, MPTs were in the spotlight. From leading organizations like the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization prioritizing MPTs in their strategies; to a growing understanding of future MPT end-users; to MPTs highlighted at conferences, in peer-reviewed publications, as well as in the popular press. The energy in the MPT field feels unprecedented – momentum we at the IMPT aim to accelerate in 2018.
As the MPT movement continues to grow, simultaneous funding cuts to the broader field of sexual and reproductive health leaves the future of MPTs uncertain. The role of the IMPT is thus now more important than ever. The IMPT – with CAMI Health as Secretariat – navigates this complex context by serving as a learning network for the MPT field. We facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations, manage MPT-related knowledge, and develop field-wide recommendations – By a feedback loop of information sharing made possible by the dedication of IMPT members.
We are grateful for our partners’ steadfast commitment to making MPTs a reality, including collaborations with product developers, researchers, and advocates; and long-time funding support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Mary Wohlford Foundation. We look forward to building on these partnerships in 2018 and beyond.