Eighty million years of healthy life and counting

By Kim Longfield, Director of Research, PSI

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference. Held in New Haven, Conn., last week, the tenth edition of the gathering attracted more than 2,000 delegates and speakers from an array of disciplines: global health leaders like Jeffrey Sachs; investigative journalists like Michael Moss; influential bloggers like Seth Godin; and activists, entrepreneurs, academics, students, donors, and implementers.

It was the first time I’ve presented at this prestigious conference.

Strength in numbers: Community health workers in social franchise networks


Dr. Aye Aye owns a small, tin roof clinic nestled next to her home in Yangon, Myanmar. There she serves the poor of her community with integrated health services including family planning, tuberculosis screening and treatment, diarrhea treatment, and more. She was one of the first doctors to join the Sun Quality Health Network, PSI/Myanmar’s social franchise network.


Five key steps to making the health workforce a post-MDG priority


There is a global shortage of 7.2 million doctors, nurses, and midwives, according to new estimates by the World Health Organization. By 2035, that number could reach 12.9 million. We missed the opportunity to make health workers part of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000—we should not miss it again.

Let’s go the distance: Investing in partnerships for a healthier future


By Karl Hofmann, President & CEO, PSI; Steve Davis, President & CEO, PATH; and Raj Kumar, president, Devex.

Knowing where to invest time, resources and funding to have the greatest impact in this complex environment can be difficult. To inform these decisions, Devex, in partnership with PSI and PATH, conducted a survey to highlight smart investments in global health. We surveyed nearly 1,500 experts working in global health to learn what they think are the smartest investments — or “best buys” — to achieve our public health goals.

Best Buys for Global Health: Event video and conversation

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Marking the launch of the Spring edition of PSI’s Impact Magazine, “The Best Buys Issue: Where to Invest in Global Health in 2014,” two panels of global health industry leaders gathered to discuss what are the best buys for global health. View the video of the full event, and the conversation on Twitter.  Here’s more information about the event, hosted in partnership with PATH, Devex, and the Center for Global Development, with support from the Merck for Mothers Program.

The Best Buys in Global Health: Striking an Effective Balance

To have real and lasting impact, we must step back from the intervention level of analysis to understand how we can mold entire ecosystems to better serve the health of broad populations. Sometimes this is called ‘health systems strengthening’, and sometimes it might be seen under the even broader rubric of ‘capacity building’.

Are water, sanitation, and hygiene projects one of the Best Buys for Global Health?

Half the hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people suffering from diseases caused by poor water, sanitation and hygiene. So are water, sanitation, and hygiene projects a “Best Buy for Global Health?” You’ll have to tune in tomorrow from 3-5 p.m. to find out!

Social marketing needed to increase HPV vaccine uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common viral infection of the reproductuve tract, according to the WHO. There is good news: record low prices for the HPV vaccine “has opened the door for poor countries to vaccinate millions of girls against a devastating women’s cancer.” Social marketing could play a vital role in taking advantage of that opportunity, according to a new study from PLoS One.