USAID Awards Global Contract to PSI and Partners to Advance Malaria Service Delivery in 28 Countries

PSI is excited to announce that it has been successfully awarded a new contract by USAID to support the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to Advance the Progress of Malaria Service Delivery (APMSD) in 28 malaria-affected countries.  The project, worth over $160 million USD over five years, will be delivered by a consortium of core partners,

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What are People Saying about Gayle Smith?

By Regina Moore, Manager, External Relations and Communications Last week, President Obama nominated Gayle Smith as the new Administrator for USAID. The nomination comes two months after former Administrator Rajiv Shah stepped down from the post he held for five years. While the development community eagerly awaits the Senate confirmation hearing, here’s a run down

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#OneBillionNets to Save Lives and Defeat Malaria

By Jenny Tolep, External Relations & Communications World Malaria Day is fast approaching on Saturday, April 25th, and this year we have much to celebrate. Since 2004 the global community has distributed one billion nets, saving more than 4 million lives. Created as part of the One Billion Nets campaign, the video below marks this

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4 Critical Ways to Thwart the Spread of AIDS Among Teens in Africa

Last week, a coalition of leading global health organizations came together last week to launch a new platform aimed at the number one killer of adolescents in Africa: AIDS. “AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa. Globally, two thirds of all new infections among adolescents were among adolescent girls. This is

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By Enacting Discriminatory Laws in Uganda and Nigeria, Health is put at Risk

A statement from Karl Hofmann, PSI President and CEO

PSI believes that all people share equal human rights and that no person should be subjected to discrimination or violence on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Men who have sex with men are among the highest risk groups for HIV transmission, and discriminatory laws such as those recently adopted in Nigeria and Uganda will increase stigma, incite violence and have a negative health impact.

Such laws also undermine progress toward universal health coverage for all, a national health objective sensibly embraced by Uganda, Nigeria, and many other countries in Africa.

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President Obama meets with Archbishop Tutu to discuss HIV/AIDS in South Africa

President Obama met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond Tut HIV Foundation Youth Center while visiting Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday. The stop was a part of Obama’s trip in sub-Saharan Africa that ends on Wednesday. The two leaders met for a round-table discussion about the work being done to address the problem of HIV in South Africa.

“South Africa obviously has faced a heavy burden from HIV as well as other diseases — Tuberculosis, most recently.  But the great news is that South Africa is now leading the way in caring for its citizens, in paving the way for a brighter future for the South African people and their families, and I am very proud the United States has been such a terrific partner on this issue,” said the president in remarks after the discussion.

He praised the work done by South Africans to reduce the number of infections and treat HIV/AIDS. He also pointed towards US investments in AIDS through PEPFAR.

The United States has really done wonderful work through the PEPFAR program, started under my predecessor, President Bush, and continued through our administration.  We’ve seen more than $3.7 billion in supporting South Africa’s efforts to combat HIV and AIDS.

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More than meets the eye

Quacks, traditional healers and village doctors: Informal providers emerge as force in health care

By David J Olson, International Development Communications and Advocacy Consultant at Olson Global Communications In my nine years managing social marketing programs for PSI in Africa, Asia and Latin America, I had two significant encounters with the category of health workers now known as “informal providers,” in Zambia and Bangladesh. In both cases, my PSI staffs and

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Cancer's Rising Impact in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

By Deputy Editor Tom Murphy

The impact of cancer in low- and middle-income countries is rapidly taking hold with fewer children dying and more people living longer. In fact, more people die from cancer each year than of AIDS, TB and malaria combined. Meanwhile, cancer spending by aid donors is a fraction of what is spent when compared to other health challenges.

“I think cancer and other noncommunicable diseases have been under-recognized and they have been neglected, but that’s not a malicious neglect,” explained Lancet editor Richard Horton to Public Radio International’s The World. “It’s because there’s just been this overwhelming burden of other problems.”

“In many parts of the developing world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, the overwhelming burden for many decades has been preventable maternal and child deaths, malaria, tuberculosis, and, over recent decades, HIV/AIDS. And that burden has been so overwhelming to families and to governments that it’s been very hard to see anything else through that very thick fog of death,” continued Horton.
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UNICEF: Global Demographic Shift Towards Youth

Today marks the anniversary of the UN General Assembly adopting both the Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). The two documents enshrine a global agreement to ensure that the rights of children around the world are protected. They are the result of a long process that began in 1923 with a draft set of rights set forth by  Save the Children founder Eglantyne Jebb.

Jebb’s five points were expanded in 1959 to 10 principles that form the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The rights were more formally enshrined 30 years later with the Convention on the Rights of Child, a document that was ratified by the majority of the countries in the world. Because of the importance of November 20, the UN marks the day as Universal Children’s Day.

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Getting Serious about the World's Toilet Problem

Toilets may not be a topic that get as much attention as others, but over 1 billion people around the world must defecate out in the open and over 2 billion people do not have access to clean and private toilets. That means that billions are at risk of diseases that are spread through fecal matter such as diarrhea and cholera.

Today’s World Toilet Day is meant to make some noise about the issue by raising awareness. The stakes are high and the issue is serious. According to the WHO, the areas with the lowest access to proper sanitation are sub-Saharan Africa (31%), southern Asia (36%) and Oceania (53%). “World Toilet Day has a serious purpose: it aims to stimulate dialogue about sanitation and break the taboo that still surrounds this issue,” says the World Toilet Day website. “In addition, it supports advocacy that highlights the profound impact of the sanitation crisis in a rigorous manner, and seeks to bring to the forefront the health and emotional consequences, as well as the economic impact of inadequate sanitation.”

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TB on the Rise in South Africa

TB is up in South Africa. It stands out among neighboring countries that are seeing the rate of TB decline.  Nulda Beyers from the Desmond Tutu TB Centre at the University of Stellenbosch explained the problem at a recent conference.  allAfrica reported on her remarks:

“The factors promoting the development of this disease are largely social and environmental,” said Beyers. They include housing, nutrition, family size, exposure to toxins such as tobacco smoke, and the presence of other conditions such as HIV infection and diabetes.

n all cases, the poorest areas had the highest TB rates. Richer areas had much lower levels of TB.

Beyers said the reason that TB rates were high was not because South Africans didn’t go to clinics and hospitals for treatment, it was because of poor levels of treatment and inconsistent treatment.

“Poor treatment is worse than no treatment,” she said, explaining the dangers of interrupting or failing to complete courses of TB treatment.

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Global Fund Announces $419 Million in New Grants

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria announced that it has awarded 45 new 2-year grants for a sum of $419.2 million. “We are proud that this investment can assure continuation of live-saving services to countless patients,” said Gabriel Jaramillo, General Manager of the Global Fund.

The grants are different from past offerings which usually are for five years. The Global Fund also indicated that 11 proposals were sent back for revisions meaning that the total funding would tip $500 million if all are accepted.

Devex explains the process for awarding the grants.

Applicants for the just-awarded transitional funding had to have a current Global Fund grant that was facing significant program disruption between the start of 2012 and March 31, 2014, and had to cap the projects at two years instead of the usual five. They were also instructed to request the minimum amount of financing necessary to continue essential prevention, treatment or care services, and had to demonstrate that no other funding sources were available.

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