Can too many free and subsidized condoms actually harm markets?

By Kim Longfield and Dana Sievers In Myanmar, sexual encounters are the most common mode of HIV transmission, causing the epidemic to concentrate among key populations such as female sex workers (FSW) and their male clients (MC), as well as men who have sex with men (MSM). Since 1996, PSI/Myanmar has targeted its condom social

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Meet Condom Collective, a new blog about…condoms

Want to learn about condoms? Want to be inspired by what is happening in East Africa and beyond in the condom category? Well look no further – introducing Condom Collective, a new blog that will highlight gathered intel from the condom category, local and global insights into themes important for our condom business in East

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PSI Takes on Cervical Cancer One Woman at a Time

Around the world, a woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes. Eight-five percent of all cervical cancer cases are found in developing countries, and yet major donor organizations have not yet focused on financing preventative detection and treatment of cancer and other non-communicable diseases. In partnership with Kathy Vizas, one of a group of

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Why helping mothers is vital

Video by David Rochkind, shared with permission from CARE CARE recently brought a congressional delegation to Cambodia to highlight the great strides and continued obstacles in ensuring the health of mothers in developing countries. The group, which included Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX-12), Rep. Mike Quigley, (D-IL-05), Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL-04), and Former Assistant to President

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A Movie That Matters for a Healthy Haiti

By Ashley Judd It’s a balmy night in Port Au Prince. 300 Haitians are crowded on and around an outdoor stage near the beach. On the stage, young PSI staff dance and amp up the audience by playing music videos. Finally, the movie starts. PSI develops live action films featuring actors from the local country.

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Haitians Are Keeping Haiti Healthy. Join Ashley Judd in supporting them.

By Ashley Judd Virgila is more charismatic and animated than most actors I know. She’s a PSI-trained health worker on the outskirts of Port Au Prince, Haiti. And she’s passionate about her work. She goes door-to-door educating women about the benefits of reversible contraception like the Intrauterine Device (IUD). Giving birth is dangerous business for

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Join Mandy Moore in supporting health workers

By Mandy Moore Every child deserves to have fresh drinking water. But in countries like Haiti families often have no choice but to drink from contaminated sources. That’s why Simone still has a lot of work to do. As she rushes off to another home visit, she says, “I had three children, but two of

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Familia Clinic Owner

All in the Familia: One clinic owner’s role in changing Tanzania

By Regina Moore, PSI I recently traveled to Tanzania with PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore and founder of Mom Blogger’s for Social Good Jennifer James to highlight the importance of health workers. Follow each day of the trip here, here and here. Dr. John Rukazibwa has a warm, welcoming demeanor. When I met him recently at his health clinic in

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Franchising supports health workers

VIDEO: CNN spoke with Mandy Moore about her recent trip to Tanzania with PSI

The video accompanied an op-ed piece by Moore, explaining what she learned about how PSI uses the social franchise model to support all aspects of running a small clinic: Dr. John said what he most needed was better business management skills. He was most appreciative about that component of PSI’s franchise model — the ongoing

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Team orange

How PSI reinforces positive reproductive health messaging through branding, edutainment

By Jennifer James In Tanzania, orange has increasingly become the recognized color of family planning and reproductive health services. Population Services International’s orange Familia brand is quite common in most regions of this coastal country of 49 million. PSI, a global non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world, has

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Health workers saving lives

Highlights from day 3 of Mandy Moore and Jennifer James' trip to Tanzania

PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore and Moms For Social Good founder Jennifer James are traveling to Tanzania this week to spotlight the vital contributions of health workers to global health and development. Photo credit: Trevor Snapp Checkout highlights from day 1 and day 2. Highlights from day 3 below: [View the story “Celebrity ambassador Mandy Moore explores the

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Meeting Blandina

A day in the life of a lifelong family planning health worker

By Jennifer James It took over an hour in notoriously congested Dar es Salaam traffic and gingerly moving through winding, narrow, dirt roads to visit Blandina Mpacha. Mama Blandina, as her community affectionately calls her, is a PSI health worker who teaches women, men, and whole families about the importance of family planning. This isn’t something new

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