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Statement on the Dapivirine Ring for Women: Call for Accelerated Global Access


Yvette Raphael, Advocates for the Prevention of HIV in Africa
Nomfundo Eland, Emthojeni
Lillian Mworeko, ICW East Africa
Vuyiseka Dubula, AEDC
Chilufya K Hampongo, Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign
Maureen Luba, AVAC
Rosemary Mburu, WACI Health
Definate Nhamo, PZAT
Manju Chatani-Gada, AVAC
Georgina Caswell, GNP+
Dr. Lilian Benjamin Mwakyosi, DARE
May 2022

This statement, from a coalition of advocates, applauds the WHO for its ongoing support and its 2021 recommendation of the dapivirine vaginal ring as an additional prevention option for women. The advocates call on funders, country governments and community leaders to sustain their support for the ring’s introduction and rollout in African countries where it is needed and for prompt regulatory reviews. And they call on HIV programs to integrate the ring, and collaborate with communities on the design of those programs.