Transforming Health For All in Angola

By Dr. Paulo R P Souza, chief of party of HFA, PSI/Angola In Angola, nearly two decades of peace and robust economic growth has led to huge progress in the management of the country’s national health system. Building on years of bilateral collaboration, USAID launched Projecto de Saúde Para Todos (Health For All, or HFA)

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Fighting for Heroic Moms this Mother’s Day

By Congresswoman Barbara Lee and PSI Ambassador Ashley Judd Motherhood is not for the faint-hearted. Mothers struggle to do the best they can for their children — making sure they’re happy, healthy and know they are loved. In many parts of the world, this is a truly heroic feat. As we watch ongoing coverage of

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The Greatest Gift: Improving Couple HIV Testing Rates in South Africa

Today, at the 2015 World Social Marketing conference in Sydney, Australia, Tessa Meyer, head of marketing and communications for PSI’s South Africa network partner SFH, will present her findings for how to use social marketing to get couples to test for HIV together. Meyers’ abstract is a finalist for top abstract at the conference. By

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The Condom with the Most Studs in the World

By Jenny Tolep, External Relations and Communications Is there such thing as a perfect condom? The type of condom that’s effective, yet comfortable? One that adds excitement instead of interrupting the heat-of-the-moment? A recently published Slate article suggested why improvements must be made to the modern-day condom: In the 2010 National Survey of Sexual Health

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3 Innovative Ways to Use Family Planning Products to Encourage Healthy Behaviors

By Minal Bopaiah, Communications Manager, PSI Sometimes art can be the best form of advocacy. PSI loves engaging in creative social marketing. So we are completely inspired by the artists and activists who use family planning products in original ways to send a message. For example, OB/Gyn and jewelry-maker Virginia Smith has designed a line

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Making Safe Sex Fun on April Fools’ Day

By Regina Moore, Manager, External Relations, PSI On April 1, 2014 thousands of South Africans grabbed their morning paper or switched on the radio news to hear of a new sex tax imposed by the government. After a recently conducted study showed over-population as the driver for many of the country’s challenges, the new law,

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How Nigeria’s Election is Affecting Health Care Delivery

By Anna Dirksen, PSI Consultant Millions of Nigerians cast their ballots this weekend in what some are calling the country’s most closely fought elections since independence. While voting took place with fewer problems than many predicted, some reports of violence showed that tensions in some parts of the country remain high. From a public health

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Does Depo-Provera Increase the Risk of HIV Transmission? What the Data Really Says

By Minal Bopaiah, Communications Manager, PSI With all the controversy swirling around Depo-Provera and HIV risk — the alarmist headlines and counter-arguments about the assumed relationship and the need for future studies— one might want to reconsider the injectable hormonal contraceptive, right? Well, not so fast, says Dr. Paul Blumenthal, Stanford professor and global medical

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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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Ashley Judd: The Questions Teens Ask about Sex

By Ashley Judd “Can you get HIV if you have sex in the sea?” That’s the kind of question that PSI-trained health educators like Jonas get asked. Jonas is meeting with 25 teens this afternoon in an open clearing in a Port Au Prince shantytown. He says, “We’re going to talk about HIV and STIs

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A New Technology to Support HIV Prevention

By Oscar Abello, PSI Trymore Chikwiriro is 29 years old, and his wife gave birth to their first child just this past October. Just like they expected, all of their nights were focused on their new baby– so the time seemed right for Trymore to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). The World Health Organization

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