Acting Peace Corps Director visits ABMS’s Amour & Vie program

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On March 17, Acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet visited the Association Béninoise pour le Marketing Social (ABMS), a member of the PSI network, to see firsthand the partnership between the Peace Corps and ABMS in Benin.

World Health Day 2014: Small bite, big threat

Today, for World Health Day this year, the World Health Organization has chosen to highlight the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases. Every year, more than one billion people are infected and more than one million die from these diseases, which include malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors.

A public-private partnership for 70,000 healthier smiles in Myanmar

On Feb. 27, 2014 in North Okkalapa Township, outside of Yangon, where USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah attended a demonstration of how P&G's water purifying packet can make undrinkable water clean and clear in just 20 minutes.

Through providing increased access to safe water treatment products and promoting hand-washing with soap at critical times, the partnership between Procter & Gamble, USAID, and PSI seeks to prevent diarrhea among approximately 70,000 children under five in Myanmar, thereby reducing the number of preventable deaths. Diarrhea is the second major cause of death among children under five, following pneumonia, which can also be reduced significantly by improving hand-washing practices.

Reflections from Unclogging the Blockages: Day 2

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After a long day of presentations and discussions to better understand the current situation and learn from each other’s experience in markets for sanitation, the second day of PSI’s recent sanitation conference took on an entirely different mood: it’s time to think outside the box, be innovative and apply the lessons we’ve learned to addressing the key blockages.

Dr. Mitu Khurna’s story

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Editor’s note: Indrani Goradia, Founder of Indrani’s Light Foundation, just concluded a trip to India to visit PSI-India’s pilot projects to combat gender-based violence. These are her reflections (see part 1 and part 2)

I think most people would expect an educated woman in the country’s capital city to somehow be immune, or protected, to have the same basic rights of a modern woman.

In 2004, Mitu, a pediatrician, married an orthopedic surgeon. Shortly after her arranged marriage, her in-laws demanded a greater dowry from her parents – a new car, more jewelry and other possessions. Her parents could not give more, and as a result, Mitu suffered abuse at the hands of her mother-in-law – a practice all to common in India.

#Unclogit Day 1: Understanding the Blockages

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With nearly 170 participants registered, 21 countries represented, countless organizations and specialties and the loud buzz of excited conversation, the first ever Unclogging the Blockages in Sanitation workshop in Kampala got off to a great start. Day 1′s goal was to Understand the Blockages: an entire day dedicated to informing participants of the challenges faced within the sanitation sector.

Geeta’s story

 

Dharavi, Mumbai (India).

Ed note. Indrani Goradia, Founder of Indrani’s Light Foundation, just concluded a trip to India to visit PSI-India’s pilot projects to combat gender-based violence. These are her reflections.   

Today I spent time with prostituted women at Shakti Vahini, India’s leading organization to combat human trafficking and slavery.

It broke me. I felt sorrow, anger, rage, and incredible grief.

Unclogging the Blockages: Building sustainable markets for sanitation products and services

Despite growing attention to sanitation being paid by donors and governments, and the declaration by the United Nations that access to basic sanitation is a human right, progress remains slow. In an effort to get things moving (pun intended), on Tuesday, February 18, the first ever Unclogging the Blockages in Sanitation workshop will commence in Kampala, Uganda.