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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Why health workers count

Highlights from day 1 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 below, and don’t miss highlights from day 2 and day 3! [<a href=”//storify.com/PSIImpact/day-1-in-the-life-of-a-health-worker” target=”_blank”>View the

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Business as unusual

Exploring the role of local businesses in reducing maternal mortality

Women turn to both public and private providers for maternity services, and providers come in many shapes and sizes, as illustrated by the gallery above. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine conducted the largest-ever analysis of where women are seeking family planning, antenatal care and labor and delivery services. The study took place

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Where is your audience?

Video: Cyber-educator program making inroads with key population

By Alejandra Cabrera and Oscar Abello Social media strategists are tired of saying it, but it’s still as true as it ever was: go to where your audience is, and find ways to genuinely engage with them. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling t-shirts or selling combination HIV prevention—which is what the Pan America Social

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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)

The clock is ticking

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

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. Below is part 3 of 3. (read part 1 or part 2) PSI, and others, have learned a great deal about malaria in Southeast Asia with the help

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A PSI medical detailer assessing a private provider for Pf malaria diagnosing and treatment capacity. (Credit: Chris James White)

Planting seeds of change

Lining up to eliminate a major threat to humankind – Part 2

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. Below is part 2 of 3. (read part 1) After Bill and Melinda Gates visited PSI in Cambodia, I spent several days there with my

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