A year later, I am struck by how the conversation has moved far beyond mere effectiveness and now focuses on the delivery, marketing and pricing of the eventual product, and how we will get women to use it correctly. It is amazing that the conversation has moved so dramatically in only 12 months, and wonderful that we are thinking about these issues now, years before we are likely to have a product on the market. This augurs well for thinking this through properly and getting it right.
But I noticed something missing from this conversation — both in the event I attended here in Rome and more broadly . That is, there was much talk of the need to deliver the product through multiple channels — presumably including the private sector, although that was not explicitly mentioned — and much talk about the need for finding innovative ways of doing that.