At CAMI Health, we have long been honing an organizational model based on collaboration by building and leading learning networks. To address complex public health problems impacting women and their families, we foster collaborations, manage knowledge, and set priorities for action; an approach that we have refined to helped to shape the advancement of the MPT field. The following are features that illustrate CAMI Health’s steadfast commitment to our mission improving the health of women and girls.
We lead the field of multipurpose prevention technologies. With CAMI Health at the helm, the IMPT has facilitated the growth of the MPT field by advancing the scientific and technical agenda and serving as the central hub for MPT communications and advocacy activities. From identifying research priorities, to facilitating partnerships, to tracking and synthesizing MPT research and development activities, stakeholders look to our team as a resource for their MPT-related work.
We prioritize women and girls. CAMI Health distinguishes itself as an organization by prioritizing the health of women and girls. Comprised of a staff with many decades of combined experience working on behalf of women and girls through services, research, and advocacy, CAMI Health is an expert team with a committed focus on their rights, health, and wellbeing.
We bridge disciplines to maximize impact. Funding and research streams are often siloed between the fields of HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and family planning. However, these divisions do not reflect the sexual and reproductive lives of most women and girls – especially those most vulnerable to infection and unintended pregnancy. To improve any one area of sexual and reproductive health, such as HIV prevention among women and girls, our works actively encourages a more holistic view. Our approach integrates expertise from all areas of sexual and reproductive health, and incorporates methodologies from social and behavioral science, economics, market research, and other sectors.
We are product-neutral. Following the first meeting in 2009, it was determined that an organization unassociated with any specific MPT product development or introduction program would be the most effective leader of the IMPT. CAMI Health was selected to fill this role and has continued to maintain its product-neutrality, focusing on broad assessments and strategy development for the MPT field. Without any biases towards a given product, the Secretariat is well-equipped to rigorously inform product development and investment decision-making to optimize field-wide progress, through the development of resources such as generalized target product profiles and convening expert consultations to strategize around technical challenges for the benefit all MPT stakeholders.
We effectively manage awards. With six core staff members, we are efficient and effective both in project management as well as program administration, backed by the critical operating infrastructure of the Public Health Institute (PHI), CAMI Health’s fiscal agent. PHI is an independent, nonprofit organization headquartered in Oakland, CA with offices in Sacramento, CA and Washington, DC. PHI is one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the United States, with an annual budget of more than $100 million and 650 employees. In its capacity as fiscal agent, PHI provides CAMI Health with pre-award budget and submission guidance, as well as post-award grant management and reporting. PHI has a long history of excellence in administering government and foundation grants and contracts. Administrative and technical assistance support services include accounting and financial management; contract and grant administration; corporate legal counsel; personnel functions including recruitment, benefits, and payroll; and public relations and communications.