Anthropology + Public Health = Culturally-appropriate Solutions

By Courtney Helfrecht, Anthropologist, Adolescents 360 We all recognize that no one lives in a vacuum, but we don’t often notice that our decisions are thoroughly enmeshed in cultural norms and ways of thinking. Culture plays a key role in health behaviors and decision-making, ranging from something as minor as how to treat a cold

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What a Difference Development Makes…

By Ahna Suleiman, Coordinating Director for the Center on the Developing Adolescent In 2016, PSI invited the Center on the Developing Adolescent to join Adolescents 360 (A360) saying: We’re working on developing a concept for a large-scale program to expand reproductive health services for adolescents in several places in sub-Saharan Africa. We’re looking to incorporate

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What Do Adolescent Girls Think About Contraceptives?

The piece below originally appeared on the A360 Learning Hub. Do I fit in? Does that boy like me? Am I in trouble with my parents? How do I achieve my dreams? What do my friends think of me? How does the future compare to what’s happening right now? Adolescent girls everywhere have a lot

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Insight & Empathy

by Manya Dotson, Project Director, Adolescents 360, PSI The piece below originally appeared on the A360 Learning Hub. In 2016, A360’s public health professionals, professional designers, young people, an anthropologist, and a developmental scientist had deep conversations with girls all over Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. It was formative research, but in line with the human-centered

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Can Deep Insight Lead to More Effective Action?

by Manya Dotson, Project Director, Adolescents 360, PSI The piece below originally appeared on the A360 learning hub. For decades, public health professionals (myself included) have been trying to unlock the persistent challenge of connecting adolescent girls with sexual and reproductive health services. We want to ensure they have the choice to have a safe

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What do Pineapples Have to do with Teens and Contraceptives?

“Pineapples are special!” Cathreen Bukuku, one of PSI-Tanzania’s innovation coordinators, exclaimed as she held one of the spikey fruits out in front of her. She was at the private Arafa Ugweno Health Facility in Dar es Salaam, speaking to a room overflowing with teen girls who listened, captivated. “They stand tall—they are proud! They wear

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Why Did this 19-Year-Old Make a Life Decision Based on a Prototype?

by Tyler LePard, A360 Communications Consultant, PSI Nineteen-year-old Amaru was scared of using contraception. Friends had said it could cause severe headaches and abdominal cramps. She’d also heard it would pause a woman’s monthly bleeding, causing blood to accumulate in the uterus — not to mention that implants were painful to insert and remove. As

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How can Ethiopian Adolescents Participate in their own Health?

By Amerti Lemma, Communications and PR Coordinator, PSI/Ethiopia There is an Amharic joke that goes: A family meeting was called by a father to decide what the family was going to buy for the New Year’s celebration. The floor was opened by the son who said, “we can’t start the New Year without some Doro

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Living for Love: What Motivates Adolescents?

By Ahna Suleiman, Developmental Scientist, UC Berkeley Center on the Developing Adolescent & Adolescents 360 Adolescents 360 (A360) is a four-year project aimed to increase access to and uptake of voluntary modern contraception among adolescent girls (15-19 years old) in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria. The project fuses public health, marketing, human-centered design, developmental neuroscience, and cultural anthropology and will

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Putting Youth at the Center of Design

Meet the young designer behind the new Adolescents 360 logo

By Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor for Youth & Girls, PSI Adolescents 360 (A360) is a four-year project aimed to increase access to and uptake of voluntary modern contraception among adolescent girls (15-19 years old) in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria. The project fuses public health, marketing, human-centered design, developmental neuroscience, and cultural anthropology and meaningfully engages

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Breaking Out of Silos: Leaving Your Disciplinary Ego at the Door

By Ambika Samarthya-Howard, Head of Communications at Praekelt.org, with contributions from Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor for Youth & Girls, PSI This post originally appeared on Praekelt’s blog. I’ve been thinking a lot about silos and working across disciplines since I joined Praekelt. Recently, sitting on a panel with other international organizations working on youth and

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Why Melinda Gates is Excited about Girls Helping Girls

By Taylor Vaught, Learning Advisor, Adolescents 360, PSI At PSI, we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about putting girls at the heart of our work. Melinda Gates is too, and we’re grateful to her for giving a shout out to one of our projects, Adolescents 360, in her recent article on Medium about why she’s excited

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