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New findings and developments on preventing gender violence, HIV, and postpartum hemorrhage as well as a review of emerging products to improve reproductive health will be featured by PATH staff and partners attending the 139th annual American Public Health Association Meeting and Exposition.

The conference—the oldest and largest gathering for public health professionals in the world—will be held in Washington, DC, from October 29 to November 2. The event is expected to attract more than 13,000 physicians, administrators, researchers, and other health specialists.

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A number of PATH staff will serve on panels, make presentations, or present posters at the event:

  • International maternal and neonatal health. Deborah Armbruster, senior maternal and newborn health adviser with the United States Agency for International Development and former director of the PATH-led Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage Initiative, will participate on a panel about developments in the prevention and management of postpartum hemorrhage. Monday, October 31, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Changing gender norms of Kenyan scouts: evaluation findings. Jennifer Arney, program associate with PATH’s HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Global Program, will discuss findings from an operations research project on changing harmful gender norms and decreasing HIV and violence risk among Kenyan boy and girl scouts. Tuesday, November 1, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
  • The real promise of multipurpose prevention technologies for reproductive health. Dr. Samukeliso Dube, senior team leader for PATH’s South Africa Country Program, will participate on a panel discussing a new class of products to prevent two or more of the following conditions: unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (including HIV), and other infections affecting reproductive health. The panel will review the products under development, the public health need for them, and efforts to promote research and development efficiencies based on multidisciplinary collaborations. Tuesday, November 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Rapid expansion of couples voluntary counseling and testing (CVCT) for HIV in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province. Dr. Julie Pulerwitz, director of PATH’s HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Global Program, will present a poster about the expansion of CVCT in Zambia as part of an initiative called Arise—Enhancing HIV Prevention Programs for At-Risk Populations. Tuesday, November 1, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Lessons learned from the PEPFAR Male Norms Initiative evaluation in Ethiopia. Dr. Pulerwitz will participate in a panel to share key lessons learned from an HIV and violence prevention program evaluation in Ethiopia. Wednesday, November 2, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

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Posted October 27, 2011.