The Population Council convened a meeting about reproductive tract infections (RTIs) to examine how best to use available tools and information, learn about potential service delivery approaches, and examine the direction of research. The meeting began with an examination of what is known about the prevalence, distribution, determinants, characteristics, and consequences of RTIs, as well as the common elements of an intervention framework. General obstacles related to work in the area of RTIs include lack of awareness of the problem and the limited power of women in society. Priorities for future research and programming include: further research on the scope and consequences of RTIs; integration of RTI services with other types of health care; continued investment in female-controlled technology; research on gender and power relations and their relationship to STDs and related protective measures; and research on appropriate low-cost diagnostics and screening tools. While more questions were raised than conclusions reached, the meeting helped to facilitate a move forward in dealing with this serious public health problem.
Grant, Jennifer and Diana Measham. 1996. "Reproductive tract infection—Lessons learned from the field: Where do we go from here?" Robert H. Ebert Program on Critical Issues in Reproductive Health Publication Series. New York: Population Council.
Robert H. Ebert Program on Critical Issues in Reproductive Health