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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Mandy Moore and Jennifer James Talk Healthier Moms and Families in the Developing World

By Samrawit Gougsa Population Services International (PSI) Ambassador Mandy Moore, Mom Bloggers for Social Good Founder Jennifer James and PSI Vice President of External Relations and Communications Marshall Stowell spoke on a call about their recent trip to Tanzania, which spotlighted the vital contributions of health workers in developing countries — particularly important in light of the

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Franchising means opportunity for social good

Weekly buzz: Links we liked this week

With the 2nd Global Conference on Social Franchising for Health happening this week, we’re highlighting social franchising more than usual. Look forward to more next week as our colleagues return to the office and let us know what is in the future for franchising for global health. One group of people who might be especially interested in social

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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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Mandy Moore: My Visit with Frontline Health Workers in Cameroon

By Mandy Moore, Global Ambassador, PSI

PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore visits with the patient of a community health worker in a small village in Cameroon. Courtesy PSI.

PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore visits with the patient of a community health worker in a small village in Cameroon. Courtesy PSI.

Two years ago I traveled to Cameroon with global health organization, PSI. We set out from the capital city of Yaoundé and traveled by car over dusty, unpaved roads to the small village of Ebanga.

Driving along the bumpy road, I thought about the millions of parents in developing countries who wake up in the middle of the night to find that one of their children is ill with a life-threatening fever. To get treatment many have to carry their children miles by foot to the nearest health center – all the while knowing they may not be able to afford treatment once they arrive.

This is why I was here in Ebanga; I wanted to see firsthand a program that could change that reality for thousands of Cameroonians, allowing them to receive care in their communities by a trusted health worker.

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PBS on the Consequences of Unintended Pregnancies

The PBS series To the Contrary shows how increased access to reproductive health services can save the lives of women and children around the world. Viewers meet some of the people who see their lives changed by healthcare access and features the May Women Deliver Conference held in Malaysia.

One section (~15 min mark) highlights the work of PSI and our ambassador, Mandy Moore. She says that people should challenge themselves to drive the conversation about reproductive health forward by making allies, meeting people and starting discussions about the issue.

“The majority of the young people I talk to really are advocates and passionate about sexual health and reproductive rights,” says Moore.

Give the video a watch and also see PSI board member Barbara Bush talk about her organization’s, the Global Health Corps, impact on family planning in Malawi.

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A Visit to PSI Myanmar, in Pictures

A delegation of PSI ambassadors and staff toured the work of PSI/Myanmar and its affiliates after attending the Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia. Here are some of their tweets and pictures from their travels:

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Putting an End to the World's Leading Killers of Children

Leading global health organizations are joining with the WHO and UNICEF to take on the diseases that cause 2 million child deaths a year. The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) provides a blueprint for deploying the strategies that will prevent deaths caused by diarrhea and pneumonia.

“Simple, affordable solutions exist to save children’s lives,” said Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, PSI.  “I’m very happy to see that the new Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea prioritizes these proven strategies and ensures that we tackle these critical diseases in an integrated and coordinated way to reach the most vulnerable children.”

The plan sets out steps for key partners, namely governments, the private sector and the two UN organizations. Private sector recommendations include:

- Committing to producing quality, affordable treatments and vaccines in child-friendly formulations that are easy-to-administer and to improving distribution to ensure these products reach the most vulnerable children;
– Developing and delivering improved water treatment, sanitation products and clean-cooking technologies and supporting accessible and affordable service delivery for all; and
– Conducting communications campaigns to reach families and health providers about best practices.

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Mandy Moore: The Best Gift Of All

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This is a special guest post from PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore. 

Here in the United States, most of us spend the holiday season worrying about “important” things like what gifts to buy, what decorations to put up, what meals to make. But we are in the minority.

In my travels with PSI, a global health organization I have supported for the last three years, I have seen firsthand that millions of families around the world spend their holidays worrying about far more important and serious questions: Where can I find safe drinking water for my family? How can I treat my child for pneumonia? How do I protect myself, my family, and my community from HIV?

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Mandy Moore: Education is Key to Being Involved in International Development

PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore sat down for a quick chat about engaging young people in international development during the Frontiers in Development forum hosted by USAID. “The most important thing to do, and the easiest thing to do, is to educate your self,” advises Moore. Watch the video to see her answer:

1) What would you tell young people that want to get involved in international development?
2) As a non-traditional figure in development, Mandy shares her insights on the best way to gain credibility from the broader international community. We asked her, “How would you recommend other outside actors prepare themselves to engage development issues in an appropriate and responsible manner?
3) How did you personally get involved with development, coming from a non-traditional background?

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The great, the good, the glamorous… and Ghana

The following post is by Dan Thomas, Head of Media & Communication at the GAVI Alliance, and originally appears on the ONE Campaign blog.

Nobel prize winner President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Malawi’s President Joyce Banda top the bill at the Frontiers in Development Conference from June 11 to 13 and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will kick things off at the Child Survival Call to Action from June 14 to 15.

Mandy MooreChristy Turlington Burns and Ben Affleck will add a little glamor but also a ton of heartfelt commitment. And, only slightly less exciting if you are a “development insider,” members of the GAVI Alliance Board will meet at the Capitol Hilton from 12-13 June to review progress since the historic GAVI Pledging Conference one year ago when generous donors made unprecedented commitments to childhood immunization.

Of course, everyone is wondering: Will President Obama make an appearance? Now that would really help focus attention on important subjects like child and maternal mortality in the world’s poorest countries.

To raise awareness about the huge number of children who die before they reach the age of five (there were 7.6 million in 2010), many of these global health advocates have sent photographs of themselves taken when they were five to USAID’s excellent new website.

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Mandy Moore Advocates for Child Survival on CNN

PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore will join other advocates tomorrow for a briefing that will highlight the importance of front line health workers in global health. Mandy sat down with CNN to discuss her work with PSI, what motivates her to focus on global health and the importance of front line health workers.

“80% of the population in the developing world will never set food in a health facility,” Mandy points out in the discussion and continues saying that such workers do save lives. Watch the video above to learn more about why front line health workers are vital to ensuring child survival.

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