WHO/HRP Webinar June 10th, 2016: Strategies to Increase Male Engagement in eMTCT of HIV and Syphilis

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Please join on June 10, 2016 from 1530-1700 (Geneva Time) / 9:30-11:00 (Washington Time) for a webinar discussion on Strategies to Increase Male engagement in eMTCT of HIV and Syphilis.

This is the first instalment of a new RHR Webinar series focusing on SRH/HIV Linkages

Given the role that men play in STI transmission, male engagement in efforts to eliminate Mother to child Transmission (eMTCT) of HIV and syphilis is logical, but not always straightforward.

The success of such initiatives rests on balancing increased male SRHR engagement against the equally important priority of preserving female empowerment, agency and voice. The importance, potential impact and key best practices (from global examples) of enhanced male involvement in SRHR interventions should be understood, particularly given the ongoing push toward eMTCT of HIV and syphilis in several countries.  Certainly, understanding how increased male involvement can help countries meet these global eMTCT targets along with examples of regional and national successes will further inform the discussion.

The final part of this discussion is you!  Join us and please bring your queries, your scepticisms, your successes, your ideas and your lessons learned – We need them all to keep moving this forward and look forward to welcoming you on June 10, 2016 from 1530-1700 (Geneva Time) / 9:30-11:00 (Washington Time) for a discussion on Strategies to Increase Male engagement in eMTCT of HIV and Syphilis.

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Registration Information:

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Panelists include:

James Kiarie (Facilitator)
Dr 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.

Manjulaa Narasimhan
Manjulaa coordinates WHO’s work on advocacy, research, policy and programmes related to women-centered HIV prevention as well as linkages between sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV interventions. Since joining WHO in 2002, Manjulaa has been focal point for several global strategies including the WHO Global Reproductive Strategy, Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV/AIDS and UNAIDS Global Plan for the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.  Manjulaa has extensive experience in pharmaceutical and clinical research, including technology transfer and product development.

Melanie Taylor
Melanie Taylor MD, MPH is a medical officer with the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, STI Program, seconded from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  She is a Captain in the United States Public Health Service.  Dr Taylor serves as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.  Dr. Taylor received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gary Baker
Gary Barker, PhD, is a leading voice on engaging men and boys in achieving gender equality and ending violence against women. He is International Director and founder of Promundo, an international NGO working to promote gender justice. Dr. Barker is also co-chair and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 400 NGOs and UN agencies working to engage men and boys in gender equality.  He is coordinator of the multi-country survey on men, IMAGES.

Tim Shand
Tim Shand has over a decade of experience providing leadership on gender equality and gender justice initiatives, and on design and co-ordination of complex, multi-country research, programming and policy projects, including financial oversight, staff supervision, and M&E. He has extensive experience of senior organizational management and in providing TA and capacity building to NGOs, government organizations, and UN agencies on engaging men in SRH/FP, GBV prevention and gender equality.  Currently, Tim is the Deputy Director of the Passages Project at IRH-Georgetown.

 Avni Amin
Avni Amin, PhD works on gender equality and violence against women at the WHO, Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Her work involves compiling evidence, and translating evidence into policies and programmes to address violence against women and gender inequality in the context of sexual and reproductive health and HIV programmes and policies. Most recently, she has been involved in the development of WHO’s global plan of action on strengthening health systems response to violence against women and girls that was just adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2016.

Sonja Caffe
Dr Caffe is the Adolescent Health Advisor at PAHO. She has a Masters in Health Sciences from the University of Limburg, the Netherlands, a Master of Public Health Degree, concentration in International Health and Maternal and Child Health from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of New Mexico. Sonja also holds a certificate in Sexual Counseling from the University of Gelderland,  Sonja has been with the UN for over 15 years, including four years working for UNICEF and 12 years working for PAHO/WHO as HIV/STI technical officer on country, sub-regional and regional level in the areas of HIV, STI and Adolescent Health.

Stephen Nurse-Findlay
Dr Stephen Nurse-Findlay is a Caribbean born, US-qualified paediatrician with several years of experience as a public health policy analyst, governance and maternal/child health technical officer at WHO, UNFPA and Gavi. He received his clinical training at Johns Hopkins and completed paediatrics residency at Crozer-Chester medical center and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr Nurse-Findlay is currently assigned to the Human Reproduction team within the Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) Department at WHO Headquarters in Geneva where his work focuses on STI control and prevention and linkages, infertility and collaborations with international partnerships.


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