|Launching and Promoting the Female Condom in Eastern and Southern Africa (UNAIDS, 1999, 25 p.)|
|II. Major themes|
Meeting participants from agencies with regional operations (including UNAIDS, WHO, USAID, UNFPA, Population Council, IPPF and PSI) met separately and agreed on the following recommendations:
· There is need to support countries that are ready to include the female condom in introductory trials or other operations research activities that will shed further light on user perspectives in real life circumstances. However, countries should be encouraged to use existing studies rather than investing further resources in acceptability trials.
· The momentum created during the meeting should be sustained and mechanisms developed to stimulate the same at the country level. Country teams will be expected to initiate action in their respective countries and to keep in touch with UNAIDS and other collaborators. UNAIDS Country Programme Advisors will monitor the activities and give feedback as necessary.
· Those countries ready to start planning and implementation should make specific request to donor agencies as necessary.
· At the regional level, donor agencies present agreed to explore the following possibilities:
1. developing a prototype content for a training manual on female condom education and counseling,
2. repackaging the existing IEC materials and background papers and disseminating them through existing networks,
3. cosponsoring activities that will serve to maintain the momentum, such as follow-up regional consultative meeting within 18 months,
4. integrating the female condom into their commodity procurement systems.