K4Health Toolkits are electronic collections of carefully selected information resources on a particular topic for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers. They are based on a continuous publishing principle that allows them to evolve after publication to capture additional resources and to identify and fill remaining information gaps.
This toolkit contains resources to help advocates, policy makers, program managers, community educators, trainers, advocates, communication specialists, and other audiences prepare for the introduction of microbicides once an effective product becomes available.
FHI 360 developed this toolkit under the Knowledge for Health Project. The following individuals from other organizations also contributed their experience and expertise to review the toolkit and ensure its relevance and usefulness:
Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)
Manju Chatani-Gada, AVAC
Mitzy Gafos, Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit
Lisa Levy, FHI 360/Microbicide Trials Network
Larry Miller, FHI 360
Jim Pickett, International Rectal Microbicide Advocates
Lisa Rossi, Microbicide Trials Network
Holly Seltzer, International Partnership for Microbicides
Kristine Torjesen, FHI 360 and the Microbicide Trials Network
Rhonda White, FHI 360 and the Microbicide Trials Network
Cynthia Woodsong, International Partnership for Microbicides
Resources selected for inclusion in this toolkit were published by organizations working throughout the world to develop microbicides and other HIV-prevention methods, including multipurpose technologies to prevent pregnancy and HIV or other sexually transmitted infections.
This toolkit is not a comprehensive library of all existing materials on microbicides. It provides essential background on microbicide research and development, key resources to support continued research, and practical information to guide future introduction of microbicides. These resources include:
- Up-to-date global and country-specific background and reference materials to inform advocacy and assist with the design of microbicide research and the eventual introduction of microbicides.
- Tools and guidelines for conducting ethical, effective and relevant research on microbicides and other biomedical methods of HIV prevention and for the introduction of new HIV-prevention methods.
- Publications that detail key processes and lessons learned from microbicide research and development.
Advocates and policymakers will find research and information to help them support microbicide research and plan for the introduction of effective products.
- Program managers will find background on microbicide research and other resources to help them prepare to introduce mcirobicides.
- Trainers and community educators will find tools and other resources for engaging community members in research that could be adapted to involve communities in microbicide introduction.
- Communication professionals can use the toolkit resources to explore strategies, methods, and messages to promote understanding of and support for microbicide research and facilitate introduction and scale-up of microbicide services.
To browse the content of this toolkit, use the navigation tabs above to view resources related to key topics. Each tab includes strategic resources, further organized by sub-topic. Click on the title of the resource for more information about it, or click on the full-text link to get direct access to the full resource. Some of the tools are readily available in an adaptable format (for example, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations). We encourage you to alter and personalize these tools for your own use. (Please remember to credit the source). If you do use these tools or adapt them, we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail us.
We invite you to contribute to evolving and enhancing this toolkit. If you have developed or use quality resources that you think should be included in this toolkit, please share your suggestions through the feedback form. The toolkit collaborators will review and consider your suggestions.
If you have comments about the toolkit, please use the feedback form. Your feedback will help to ensure the toolkit remains up-to-date and is continually improved. For example, you can share ideas about how you have used the toolkit in your work so that others can learn from and adapt your experiences.
Resources selected for inclusion in this toolkit were published by the following organizations that work throughout the world to develop, assess, advocate support for and prepare for introduction of microbicides and other HIV-prevention methods.
Microbicides Media and Communications Initiative
Southern African HIV Clinicians Society Consensus Committee