Lining up to eliminate a major threat to humankind – Part 3

Rapid diagnostic tests, filter papers, and blood wells collected as part of a rural plantation worker survey PSI conducted to learn more about the spread of drug-resistant malaria parasites. (Credit: Henrietta Allen)

 

PSI Senior Vice President for Malaria Control and Child Survival Dr. Desmond Chavasse blogs about his recent trip to Cambodia and PSI’s work to eliminate drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. Part 3 of 3.

Lining up to eliminate a major threat to humankind – Part 1

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I first met Bill Gates for dinner in Nairobi in 2008. His foundation was providing funding to the PSI-led ACTwatch project, which monitors antimalarial drugs on the markets of up to 13 countries across Africa and Southeast Asia. During my dinner with Bill, I could not resist the temptation to play the “If I were you, I would spend my money on…” game.

In Liberia, youth are taking action to improve their health

At a Clinic Celebration Day for HIV testing and contraceptives education and distribution - the capstone of the HealthyActions curriculum for youth developed with PSI's support in Liberia.

HealthyActions has reached over 4,300 learners, 75 percent of whom are female, in six counties across Liberia. Over half of female participants have received family planning counseling and have chosen a modern contraceptive method after completing the program—far above the 20 percent contraceptive prevalence rate for Liberia. Here’s how.

Getting to know PSI’s market-based sanitation work in India: Part 3 – The supply-and-demand see-saw

a Sales Representative (SR) doing a sales call with the target audience in a village. In this case, the woman is also the client of a Micro Finance Institution. (Credit: Kiran Thejaswi/PSI)

Dr. Desmond Chavasse, the Senior Vice President of Malaria and Child Survival for PSI’s programs, recently traveled to Bihar, India to gain a deep understanding of PSI’s largest sanitation program, 3SI: Supporting Sustainable Sanitation, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Below is part three of a three-part travel journal of his experience. (Read Part 1 and Part 2)

Getting to know PSI’s market-based sanitation work in India: Part 2 – Breaking the cycle of broken promises

Model toilets built by PSI's 3SI program on the premises of one of a Turnkey Service Provider. (Credit: Kiran Thejaswi/PSI)

Dr. Desmond Chavasse, the Senior Vice President of Malaria and Child Survival for PSI’s programs, recently traveled to Bihar, India to gain a deep understanding of PSI’s largest sanitation program, 3SI: Supporting Sustainable Sanitation, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Below is part two of a three-part travel journal of his experience. 

Getting to know PSI’s market-based sanitation work in India: Part 1 – Beyond rocket science

Dr. Desmond Chavasse (far right), visiting with PSI's 3SI program to support sustainable sanitation in India.

It is remarkable that while India routinely launches satellites into space, half of its population (600 million) does not have access to a toilet. If the Indian state of Bihar were a country, it would have the 14th highest population in the world and yet only 18 percent of its households have a toilet.