Haitian healthcare community gearing up for mosquito-borne virus new to region

A municipal truck carries out fumigation in the Dominican Republic capital Santo Domingo against the mosquitoes that carry the painful Chikungunya virus. (Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas)

May marks the beginning of one of the two rainy seasons here in Haiti. With rain come mosquitoes. At PSI, as with other public health programs, this is a time when we put more emphasis on water-borne illnesses, hygiene, sanitation and diseases like malaria and dengue fever. Now, we add Chikungunya to that list.

A partnership that’s working: Celebrating nine years of results and counting from UNICEF and Pampers’ One-For-One

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UNICEF and Pampers recently celebrated a ground-breaking partnership to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus (MNT), which still claims the lives of 58,000 newborns every year—down from 200,000 newborn deaths a year in 2000.

Building the evidence base for preventing HIV among key populations

An HIV rapid testing kit. (Credit: John Rae/PSI)

Evidence of effective HIV prevention for key populations is an urgent need. Too often these programs remain small-scale pilots and never reach intended scale, while evaluations are sparse because target populations are hard to reach. PSI network members and their partners are looking to change that.

Why, How Market Dynamics Matters: Interventions can improve health outcomes, but it’s a time-consuming and complex process

PSI is implementing a five-country project, funded by UNITAID, to create a private sector market for malaria rapid diagnostic tests. Otieno Chemist, left, is one of the registered private sector outlets in Kenya. Photo courtesy of UNITAID

By Brian Smith, originally posted at NextBillion.net.

Editor’s note: NextBillion Health Care has launched a new Market Dynamics initiative to encourage discussion about how markets impact health outcomes.

Why are so many global public health experts talking about “market dynamics” these days?

Whether we call it “market shaping” or “market facilitation” or the “total market approach,” there is a large and growing interest in the idea that we’ll be more effective in improving health outcomes at the base of the pyramid if we frame challenges in terms of markets. Why?

How social franchise networks make reaching the hardest to reach a little easier

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In this video, released this week from Devex, PSI President & CEO Karl Hofmann (@KarlHofmannPSI) chats with Devex’s Rolf Rosenkranz (@DevexRolf) about how social franchise networks help medical entrepreneurs deliver quality, affordable healthcare services to some of the hardest-to-reach populations on a sustainable, market-driven basis. In more than 20 countries, PSI-supported social franchise networks reach an estimated 10 million customers every year.

With eyes already on Nigeria, world leaders gather in country to discuss future of Africa

The World Economic Forum on Africa opened today in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. With young and rapidly growing populations, many countries in Africa face important challenges and opportunities in the years ahead. World population exceeded 7 billion in 2011, is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, and much of that growth is expected to occur on the African Continent. In response, the World Economic Forum created the Global Agenda Council on Population Growth. PSI President and CEO Karl Hofmann is a member of the Council, which recently released two case studies, on Nigeria and Rwanda, with recommendations to respond to population growth trends in the coming years.



Take action to #BringBackOurGirls


Over 270 Nigerian girls between 15 and 18 years old were kidnapped from their school two weeks ago by Boko Haram militants, a terrorist group whose name translates to “Western education is sinful.” The school’s principal, Hajiya Asabe Ali Kwambula, told the New York Times yesterday that 53 girls managed to escape while 223 are still missing. The girls have reportedly been taken to a terrorist camp deep in the forest, although new reports have come in this week from remote villages that some of the girls have been “auctioned off to Boko Haram members for 2,000 Naira” — about $12 — for forced “marriages” or sex slavery.

Nigerians have been holding mass protests this week calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to deploy every means possible to find the girls. You can join the international call to action to bring back the girls by supporting two petitions that have been building momentum.