Health Care is the fight of the Millennial Generation

The current young generation, known as the Millennials, are oft discussed and at times maligned. Barbara Bush and Andrew Bentley say there is a slow building movement for global health equity that is lead by the Millennial generation. The two are a part of the founding group of the Global Health Corps (GHC). The most recent

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Barbara Bush: Technology and Innovation Supporting Global Health

Social entrepreneurs gathered this past December at the Social Innovation Summit to share lessons on how to create social good through technology and innovation. PSI Board Member and Global Health Corps co-founder Barbara Bush was one of the event’s featured speakers. Brian Sirgutz of the Huffington Post caught up with Barbara after the event to talk about technology and social good through the lens of global health.

Here is a selection of the discussion:

Brian: Your supporters include top names in information technology, like Cisco and Hewlett Packard. (Note: Cisco sponsors the ImpactX section). Can you talk a little about those relationships and how they add to your mission?

We’ve actively worked to build relationships with non-traditional partners that share our values — innovators like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Cisco who are leading the charge to build products and systems that connect communities, and increase information sharing.

Interestingly, global health organizations desperately need many of the skills employees at multi-national corporations like HP and Cisco have. Cisco employees who are experts in management information and technology systems have mentored some of our fellows working in Malawi with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation to build out stronger electronic medical records and data tracking systems.

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Global Health Corps Accepting New Applicants

PSI Board Member Barbara Bush co-founded the Global Health Corps (GHC) through the 2008 aids2031 Young Leaders Summit hosted by UNAIDS and Google. In the four years since the summit, GHC has continued to send talented volunteers to work with organizations like Partners in Health and PSI in countries like Rwanda, Uganda, the United Sates and Malawi.

Applications are now open for new corps members. This year, applicants can apply for 3 positions that match their interests and skills, from project management to monitoring and evaluation, engineering, communications and more. GHC says they are  looking for people from a broad range of sectors and disciplines. No prior health experience is necessary! The only things we ask are that the applicants be 30 years old or younger, hold a university degree, and be proficient in English.

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From the Field: I Talk About Condoms Too Much

By Hiba Iqteit, Global Health Corps member with PSI/Rwanda. This originally appeared in the GHC blog.

Of all the things I thought I would be doing in Rwanda, selling condoms was not one. Through my work with Population Services International (PSI), I’ve been engaged at the forefront of condom marketing and sales across the country.

As one of its major initiatives, PSI works to fill a crucial gap in the Rwandan market, by selling and promoting condoms as a method for preventing sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, and HIV. Before PSI launched its programs in Rwanda, Rwandans had three options to acquire condoms: receiving them for free at public clinics, paying for expensive foreign brands, or purchasing low-cost condoms smuggled in from neighboring countries. Through careful market analysis, PSI concluded that free condoms are neither valued nor utilized, while the alternative quality brands were prohibitively expensive or illegal. As a result, condom use in Rwanda was low at best.

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Let's Talk About Sex, Baby (Burundi Flash Mob)

By Leah Hazard, Communications Officer, Global Health Corps Fellow at PSI/Burundi

Burundi’s a tough place to talk about sex. That makes it an especially tough place to sell condoms. And that’s what my Global Health Corps co-fellow Dedo and I have been doing for the past six months with PSI/Burundi — working with their team on creative ways to market and improve the sales of Prudence Class condoms.

One of PSI/Burundi’s key target audiences is youth ages 15-24 years old. We reach youth through trainings, billboards, television spots, and radio shows to promote the correct use of condoms in order to prevent HIV and other STD’s, as well as unwanted pregnancies. But the challenges are pretty big. Sex is taboo, and people are generally embarrassed to talk – let alone touch – a condom. Youth frequently don’t know how to correctly use a condom, and are often too embarrassed to buy them at a local shop where parents or family may see them.

So, how do you connect with youth? How do you present a new face of your brand that’s cool, approachable and hip? How do you do it with pretty much zero resources? Dedo and I thought: flash mob. Definitely.

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Win an iPad 2 By Playing the “What’s your Poo IQ?” Advocacy Challenge

Today marks the second day of the Global Health Council’s 38th annual International Conference in Washington, DC and events are in full swing. Spanning the entire week, global health professionals and organizations from all over the world gather to be a part of an exciting health conversation. This year, the Health/WaSH Coalition decided to do

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At Least One World Leader is Trying to Keep Focus on Global Health at the G-8

Global health might not be central to the agenda of the G8 meeting this week in France, but one world leader is trying to wave the flag. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in the French resort of Deauville today to participate in the summit of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized countries and speak on issues

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As the G8 Meets in Deauville Global Health is Missing from the Agenda

The Global Health Council’s David Olson is supremely disappointed that global health is missing from the G8 agenda this week in Deauville, France. The heads of state are arriving as I write this — Russia and Canada arrived last night and the rest are on their way now — and global health is nowhere visible

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World Health Assembly: Focus on Maternal and Child Health

Writing on the Global Health Council’s blog,  David J Olson is pleased that maternal and child health has made inroads in the larger global health agenda. He argues that this can be further accelerated by making maternal and child health a lead topic at the upcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva this week. From our

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Dreams at Risk – Anna Dirksen, Senior Manager Communications, PSI

I had the great pleasure of sitting in on the Global Health Council’s evening session on Dreams at Risk: Overcoming Barriers to Better AIDS Policy for Most at Risk Populations in Eastern Europe. The session explored the struggles of marginalized communities in Eastern Europe in shaping public policy around HIV and AIDS — struggles that

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