A partnership that’s working

Tetanus, a swift and painful killer, comes from bacteria that live in soil, which can enter the body through deep, open wounds. Untreated tetanus infections produce intense muscle spasms that prevent breathing, often leading to death. Unvaccinated mothers and their newborns are at highest risk for tetanus infections, caused by unhygienic birth practices such as

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Market Dynamics Matter

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?

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Social franchise networks

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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.

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The future of Africa

World Economic Forum exploring how to respond to population growth

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.



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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.

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Eighty million years

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.

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Strength in numbers

How social franchise networks strengthen health systems


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.


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The health workforce

Five key steps to make sure health workers are part of the world’s post-2015 commitments


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.

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