New project advocates for Dapivirine vaginal ring uptake

New project advocates for Dapivirine vaginal ring uptake

We are proud to announce our new project EmpoweRing: Prevention by Choice. Throughout 2022, we will advocate for accelerated approval and uptake of the Dapivirine vaginal ring as an HIV prevention tool for women and girls in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

Implemented by our valuable partner International Community of Women living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA), the EmpoweRing project builds on new biomedical developments and opportunities that self-care can bring, making use of Aidsfonds’ ample experience.

Let us join hands to demand for their access and utilisation. We owe it to the young generation - Lillian Mworeko, Executive Director ICWEA

Why advocate for the Dapivirine ring?

The Dapivirine ring is the first long-acting, women-controlled prevention tool. Women could use it discreetly at times in their lives when they may be unable to negotiate condom use or to consistently use daily oral PrEP. The monthly ring is an important new option for women, who bear the greatest burden of HIV and AIDS. Developed by IPM, the Dapivirine ring is the first to adapt a medical technology commonly used to deliver hormones to women to instead deliver an ARV drug to prevent HIV. Dapivirine ring safely reduces HIV infection overall by half (modelling data).

Two girls holding the ring in front of them
Courtesy of IPM
Two girls holding the ring in front of them
Courtesy of IPM

"This is very exciting because to end AIDS by 2030 choice remains critical"

- Lilian Benjamin Mwakyosi, M.D. from The United Republic of Tanzania - project coordinator EmpoweRing project at ICWEA

About EmpoweRing: Prevention by choice

The project aims to contribute to a reduction in new HIV infections among women and girls in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda through advocacy for rollout of the Dapivirine ring and awareness raising and demand creation among women and girls for this new HIV prevention tool.

Header photo: courtesy of IPM

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