Integration for Impact Conference

The First Integration for Impact Conference took place September 12-14, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Thank you to all of our speakers, chairs, committees, presenters and participants!    

The Integration for Impact Conference aimed to bring together key stakeholders from sub-Saharan countries with a high burden of HIV, unmet need for FP, and high child and maternal morbidity/mortality to:

Present the latest research findings on the impact of integrating HIV and reproductive health services including: family planning, maternal and child health, and STI prevention and cervical cancer screening;

Identify research priorities for expanding the evidence base on integration; and

Lay out strategies for strengthening integration policies and translating research into practice.

Attendees included representatives from ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS, policy experts, donor organizations, and members of the media.

Although HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs are expanding in sub-Saharan Africa, in most settings these services are offered in isolation from MNCH services and FP services. Program managers and policymakers have begun to recognize the missed opportunities and inefficiencies created by these vertical “siloed” approaches.  Experiences in some sub-Saharan African settings suggest that integrating reproductive health and HIV services may improve access to contraception for HIV-infected individuals, increase uptake of prevention of mother-to-child transmission services and cervical cancer screening, and lead to earlier initiation and sustained use of anti-retroviral therapy.

Despite lack of rigorous evidence, the integration of MNCH/FP/HIV services has advanced with support from governments, international organizations, and donors. Integration for Impact will provide a picture of the current status of MNCH/FP/HIV integration in sub-Saharan Africa, helping policymakers, program implementers, donors, and researchers to understand the current developments, practices, and latest evidence on integration.

The conference was hosted by  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Health Organization, and The Center for AIDS Research. Co-hosted by The Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya Ministry of Public Health and SanitationKenya Ministry of Medical Services, National AIDS and STI Control Program, and  Kenya Department of Reproductive Health at the Ministry of Health.