Weekly buzz: links we liked

What happens when women are placed at the center of development and public health work? It’s not just about programs for them specifically, like ad campaigns for contraception; it’s also about recognizing how support for other work, like sanitation and safe water, has an outsized effect on women’s health that policymakers should take into account. That and more

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Q&A: Creating a mobile health platform that “just works” for all

A vision to end “pilotitis”, to scale mobile health solutions more efficiently and support health workers more effectively

By Oscar Abello When something “just works”, there’s usually a mini-universe of people, technology and ideas behind it that the rest of us take for granted. Take bar codes for example; they’re ubiquitous, and serve multiple uses for every stage of a product’s manufacture and eventual sale. The tale behind them is an astounding story of vision,

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Weekly buzz: Links we liked

How can we cut maternal mortality and infant mortality? How does the perception of sustainability leaders affect outcomes? Did Time get their Person of the Year right this year? That and more in this weekly round-up of links from PSI’s staff, network and friends to keep you informed (and in this case, entertained) this weekend.

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3 ways to fast-track UHC in the developing world

By Karl Hofmann and Simon Cooke World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan calls universal health coverage (UHC) “the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer.” But what is UHC? Officially, UHC means that every person, everywhere, has access to health care without suffering financial hardship. Indeed the World Bank, once a staunch advocate

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What’s health worth?

Every human life is priceless, but to provide a year of healthy life—the resources needed to make sure someone can go one year without fear of catching a preventable illness — that we can put a price on. Through PSI programs, all it takes is $35.54 to support a healthy life for a mother and child in

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Companies eager to work together in response to Ebola

Unlike the empathy that characterizes the reaction to a natural disaster like a hurricane or earthquake, the public response to Ebola has been driven by fear. The result has been a lack of support for much-needed relief efforts. Companies are joining NGOs, philanthropic partners and public sector leaders to change that. “I don’t know that I’ve

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Weekly Buzz: Links We Liked This Week

What can we learn from those affected by AIDS? What tools are people using to help stop Ebola? What are the most effective ways for people everywhere to join the fight against today’s epidemics and preventing them in the future? These were just some of the things on our mind this week, a week that

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Remembering Nelson Mandela as a Public Health Hero

By Samrawit Gougsa Today marks a year since Nelson Mandela’s passing, and I’d like to take a moment to appreciate the legacy he left behind. The world is undoubtedly a better place because Mandela once walked our grounds and spoke words about equality that touched countless hearts. He spent his life fighting for equality, and though

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Condom commercial touches some nerves

Sex sells, even when it comes to safe sex. PSI has been supporting access to condoms through public and private sectors, using a total market approach, from its earliest days. Commercials like these have been a key component of that approach, but they sometimes touch nerves. This particular ad from PSI’s programs in South Africa

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A new technology to support HIV prevention

By Oscar Abello, PSI Trymore Chikwiriro is 29 years old, and his wife gave birth to their first child just this past October. Just like they expected, all of their nights were focused on their new baby– so the time seemed right for Trymore to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). The World Health Organization

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Triple your investment in health workers today

Novelist, Paulo Coelho wrote, “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” Simple things — like investing in community health workers — create extraordinary results. Well-trained and supported local health care workers are a cornerstone of PSI’s solutions to help people in the world’s poorest places lead healthier

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