Confronting Inequities in STI Prevention, Diagnostics and Care

Symposium 3

Increasing challenges of STIs: The need to act now

Monday September 5th 2022, 10:30 – 12:00
Venue: Kalundu Conference Room

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to cause high rates of infections, especially among young people and some key populations. In addition, emerging outbreaks of new infections that can be acquired through sexual activities, as well as re-emergence of neglected STIs, herald increasing challenges in the provision of adequate STI services.

The control of STIs is made difficult by many issues and effective interventions are not implemented to scale to make an impact, mostly due to limited financial and human resources.

The Global Health Sector Strategy on STIs for 2022-2030 has ambitious targets to reduce new cases of syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydial infections and trichomoniasis by 2030. In order to achieve these targets, the global response to STIs needs to be reenergized and reframed after years of neglect and lack of political commitment and funding.

The objective of this session are to:

  1. Explore the factors that contribute to the rise of STIs and discuss the role of traditional and innovative approaches to reverse the trend,
  2. Identify gaps and challenges that need to be addressed and how to bridge the gaps and respond to the challenges,
  3. Highlight country actions in the implementation of the strategy.
  4. Identify actions to re-energizing STI programmes

Chairs: David Lewis (Western Sydney Sexual Health Center, and University of Sydney, Australia) and Frank Lulu (WHO, AFRO)

10:30-10:35 Introduction to the sessions Teodora Wi (WHO, Switzerland)
10:35-10:50 Increasing challenges in STIs and lack of political commitment, globally, what needs to be done? Teodora Wi (WHO, Switzerland)
10:50-11:00 Rising incidence in the US and current strategies (Focus on Sexual health) Leandro Mena (US CDC, DSTDP, USA)
11:00-11:10 Challenges and opportunities in STI control in Zimbabwe Anna Machiha, National STI Programme, Zimbabwe
11:10-11:20 Integration of STIs in PHC – challenges and opportunities (essential health package and Universal Health Coverage) Muhammad Safdar Kamal Pasha, WHO Pakistan
11:20-11:30 Quality STI services – Tackling stigma Primrose Matambanadzo, Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) Zimbabwe
11:30-11:40 Innovation in STIs – point of care test for STIs Cecilia Ferreyra, FIND, Switzerland
11:40-12:00 Panel discussion Speakers
Francis Ndowa, Zimbabwe
Ismael Maatouk , WHO, Switzerland
Angelica Miranda, National STI Programme, Brazil
Somesh Gupta, India, South-East Asia