Franchising means opportunity for social good

Weekly buzz: Links we liked this week

With the 2nd Global Conference on Social Franchising for Health happening this week, we’re highlighting social franchising more than usual. Look forward to more next week as our colleagues return to the office and let us know what is in the future for franchising for global health. One group of people who might be especially interested in social

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A Health Care Business Model that Works in Kenya

Meet Pamela: A dedicated Social Franchise owner

By Mandy McAnally, PSI Tucked back on a dirt road outside of Mombasa, Kenya, is an unassuming clinic with an orange and purple gate. About 15 people – mostly women and children – wait patiently inside. It is hot but the covered patio provides a bit of relief from the sun. Sit for a few minutes and you will be

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The future of philanthropy

Are we disenchanted with women’s empowerment?

By Kate Roberts A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a room full of women philanthropists at the Women Moving Millions Summit in New York where the theme was ‘power’ and how it can be used to transform the lives of girls and women worldwide. Suddenly the cast of a new musical comedy Disenchanted! appeared on

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Haiti in the time of Cholera

On Ebola: Haiti has lessons in slowing the spread of infectious disease

Do you remember when Haiti’s cholera epidemic broke out? It was in 2010, in the wake of the massive January earthquake that destroyed so much of the country’s infrastructure. It was the first time cholera had come to Haiti, meeting an unprepared and shattered health system. Today, Haiti’s cholera epidemic remains a burden, but it is no

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It’s always time to wash your hands

Let's not forget one of the more simple, cost-effective solutions to help prevent Ebola

By Genevieve Kelly As the Ebola epidemic ravages West Africa and the international community is mobilizing its support, one point comes up over and over: something should have been done sooner. The rapid rate at which the virus has spread throughout Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in particular, and the ever-increasing death toll has exposed

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A total market for circumcision

How private sector providers add marketing and distribution value for voluntary medical male circumcision

By Oscar Abello President Barack Obama. Former Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Oscar-award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. They’re not just of Kenyan heritage—all three are specifically of Luo heritage, the third largest ethnic group in Kenya, predominantly residing in the Nyanza province on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya’s western region. The Luo standout

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Health workers saving lives

Highlights from day 3 of Mandy Moore and Jennifer James' trip to Tanzania

PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore and Moms For Social Good founder Jennifer James are traveling to Tanzania this week to spotlight the vital contributions of health workers to global health and development. Photo credit: Trevor Snapp Checkout highlights from day 1 and day 2. Highlights from day 3 below: [View the story “Celebrity ambassador Mandy Moore explores the

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Shining a spotlight on health workers

Highlights from day 2 of Mandy Moore and Jennifer James' trip to Tanzania

PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore and Moms For Social Good founder Jennifer James are traveling to Tanzania this week to spotlight the vital contributions of health workers to global health and development. Photo credit: Trevor Snapp Checkout highlights from day 1 or day 3. Highlights from day 2 below: [View the story “Celebrity ambassador Mandy Moore

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Health systems need health workers

Traveling to Tanzania with PSI, IntraHealth International and Mandy Moore

By Jennifer James Over the years I have had the distinct privilege of meeting health workers around the world from Ethiopia and Kenya to Tanzania and South Africa to India and Brazil. Health workers, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, are the unequivocal backbone of health systems that can oftentimes be severely taxed due to the

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Game-changing checklists?

Exploring how a low-tech solution can help save millions of lives at birth

By Oscar Abello Every health worker, nurse, doctor, midwife, medical technician, hospital maintenance worker and their family and friends know how stressful and chaotic life can be for someone in the global health workforce. One of the most stressful and chaotic moments is childbirth: Imagine this. You’re a staff nurse at a rural hospital in

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Save lives, save money

Meeting the unmet need for contraception has epic benefits for families and countries

September 26 is World Contraception Day. PSI joins Bayer, USAID and other partners in a coalition centered on the vision of a world where every pregnancy is wanted. Coalition partners developed “Global Perspectives on Unplanned Pregnancies: A Framework for Action from the World Contraception Day (WCD) Coalition“, featuring Ingrid’s story below: Ingrid Idalia Montes Alvarado had

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Lab technician tests for dengue

Rapid Tests Fight Fever in Tanzania

By Ilan Moss, Communications Officer at UNITAID photos: ©Christopher Wiltberger/UNITAID  Malaria is on the decline in Tanzania, but for Dr. Jk Dulloe in the southwestern Mbeya region, the mosquito-borne disease still presents a major challenge. “Many people in the region go to the shops to buy antimalarials when they get a fever,” Dr. Dulloe explains

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