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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(Photo credit: PSI/Chris James White)

Seize this moment

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

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 1 of 3. Why Malaria, Why Southeast Asia, Why now? I first met Bill Gates for dinner in Nairobi in 2008. His

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Listening to youth

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.

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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)

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