Reminder Next Week: Webinar: The need to accelerate SRHR & HIV service delivery integration: Learning from the ECHO trial. September 12, 2019 15:00 Geneva/Manzini - 09:00 Washington/Toronto

7 September, 2019

Please join us on September 12, 2019 for a webinar on the need to accelerate SRHR & HIV service delivery integration: Learning from the ECHO trial. This is the fourth installment of the webinar series hosted by the Inter-Agency Working Group on SRHR and HIV Linkages and the IBP Initiative.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8557714903977555212

About the webinar:

The Evidence for Contraceptive options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) Trial compared the risks of HIV acquisition between women randomised to DMPA- IM, levonorgestrel (LNG) implant, and copper IUDs. The findings - which were released in June 2019 - found that whilst none of the contraceptive methods studied put women at greater risk of HIV acquisition, the risk of acquiring HIV was very high regardless of the contraceptive method used. This webinar will delve a little deeper into what the study found related to this, and the implications this has on the need to rapidly scale up integrated SRHR and HIV service delivery. Rose Wilcher from FHI 360 will present on what the ECHO trial findings show us about the need for integrated SRHR and HIV service delivery, Zelda Nhlabatsi from Family Life Association of Eswatini (Swaziland) - one of the intervention sites in the trial - will present on how to successfully take a person centred approach to integrating SRHR and HIV service delivery, and Yuhsin Huang, from IPPF will share how the federation is engaging with member associations to accelerate SRHR/HIV integration. Finally, James Kiarie from WHO will share some thoughts on what needs to happen to bring integrated SRHR and HIV service delivery to scale.

Register today: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8557714903977555212

Our Presenters:

Manjulaa Narasimhan

Manjulaa coordinates WHO's work on strengthening linkages between sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV interventions – at advocacy, policy, programmatic and research levels. This includes the development of WHO global guidance and tools on the SRHR for women living with HIV as well as the SRHR of adolescent girls and young women at risk of HIV. She co-convenes the interagency working group on SRHR/HIV linkages.

Zelda Nhlabatsi

Zelda is the Executive Director at the Family Life Association of Eswatini (FLAS) a local organization which is an IPPF affiliate working on Integrated HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health with a primary focus on young people aged 10 - 24. Zelda has been active in the field of HIV and SRH for over 25 years. She has vast experience in managing HIV and AIDS responses at various levels, and has served in key national and international SRH and HIV technical bodies. Her passion is also demonstrated in her participation in SRH and HIV research where she has been an investigator in major studies including the recent ECHO study.

Rose Wilcher

Rose is the Director of Knowledge Management for global HIV programs at FHI 360. For 17 years, she has provided technical leadership and management oversight to HIV and reproductive health projects, with a focus on translating evidence into policy and practice. Rose is a long-time advocate for research, policies and programs that advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with and at risk of acquiring HIV. She has written extensively on family planning/HIV integration, and has developed several programmatic resources addressing the intersections of these two fields.

James Kiarie

James N. Kiarie is the coordinator for the WHO, Human Reproduction Team. Dr Kiarie qualified as an obstetrician gynecologist in 1992. Prior to joining WHO in December 2014, he was an Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nairobi, and a Consultant Obstetrician Gynecologist in Kenyatta National Hospital. Dr Kiarie has over 20 years of experience in teaching, clinical practice and research in the field of reproductive health, focusing on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and family planning.

Yuhsin Huang

YuHsin Huang is the senior technical advisor for comprehensive service delivery in IPPF central office. Dr Huang qualified as an obstetrician gynaecologist and worked in different health settings before joining IPPF. Currently, she leads and coordinates the ECHO trial working group and relevant preparation works in IPPF.

HIFA profile: Ados May is a Senior Technical Advisor at the IBP Initiative in the United States of America. ados.may AT phi.org