Are You in the Market for Condoms?

By Sandy Garçon, External Relations and Communications Manager, PSI Valentine’s Day is not the only reason to celebrate February 14ththis year – it is also International Condom Day! Since its inception in 2009, International Condom Day is celebrated in conjunction with Valentine’s Day as an ideal opportunity to promote healthy relationships and to remind people

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The Dominican Republic Sees Success with Panté Condoms

The publication 7dias.com.do, a media site in the Dominican Republic, recently covered the importance and impact of the distribution of 185 million Panté condoms. Learn how the brand has recouped 97% of its expenses so far by reading the translation of the original piece below. “Our condoms save lives.” – Jose Bran, Pan American Social

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Family Planning, Will You Be Our Valentine?

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI With the celebration of Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re all asking our loved ones a simple question: “Will you be my Valentine”? At PSI, we’re showing love to a too often elusive partner—family planning. Millions of women and girls around the world rely on modern methods of voluntary

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Bag It, Use It: A Sexual Health Campaign to Get More Women to Carry Condoms

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI What would you think of a woman if a condom fell out of her purse? Or if you saw her buying condoms at a pharmacy? In collaboration with the South African government, the women’s advocacy organization Zazi recently launched a campaign to reduce the stigmas around women buying and carrying condoms.

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Measurable Results from Zimbabwe’s Widespread Condom Use

By Jenny Tolep, External Relations and Communications Did you know that Zimbabwe has the highest condom use in the world? In 2014, there were more than 109 million condoms used. In a country where roughly 1,400,000 adults are living with HIV, more than 50 percent of them women, condom use is critical. PSI has contributed to

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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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Can too many Free and Subsidized Condoms Actually Harm Markets?

By Kim Longfield and Dana Sievers In Myanmar, sexual encounters are the most common mode of HIV transmission, causing the epidemic to concentrate among key populations such as female sex workers (FSW) and their male clients (MC), as well as men who have sex with men (MSM). Since 1996, PSI/Myanmar has targeted its condom social

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It Takes a Market to get Men to Use Condoms in Africa. Here's How.

What can be done to increase the use of condoms by men in African countries? PSI and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) teamed up over the past year to study and report on the state of play in six African countries. The results are out in six new case studies that will be presented during a  consultative meeting on the Total Market Approach that PSI and UNFPA are hosting, today and tomorrow.

During the meeting, participants will discuss the findings from the six case studies conducted in African countries. Then, representatives from ten organizations will discuss how they can work together to support the development and implementation of the Total Market Approach in national markets for male condoms and other family planning supplies.

The UNFPA sponsored case studies were carried out in the past 12 months with support from two independent researchers in Botswana, Lesotho, Mali, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda. All of the countries have large condom social marketing programs, are affected by HIV, and have high maternal morbidity and mortality relative to their economic development.

Content for the case studies was based on a review of the literature, seven key TMA metrics calculated from national-level data, and interviews with stakeholders. All case studies were subject to review by stakeholders, including Ministries of Health and non-governmental organizations in all six countries, UNFPA’s local and regional offices, UNFPA headquarters in New York City, PSI country and regional offices, and PSI’s headquarters in Washington DC.

Each case study describe the market for male condoms in each of the countries, and the roles of the public, social marketing, and commercial sectors in those markets.

The cases illustrate the universe of need for condoms, levels of use, socioeconomic equity among users, and the market presence of condoms for reproductive health and HIV prevention (dual protection).

They also propose a set of recommendations for improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of condom markets.

The studies aim to inform the development of appropriate, evidence-based decisions to increase condom use equitably and sustainably through actions undertaken in the public, socially marketed, and commercial sectors.

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Discussing the Importance of the Female Condom

This past Monday was Global Female Condom Day. One notable event during the day was a discussion on Google Hangout (hosted by Planned Parenthood) between activists and experts on reproductive health. They looked at the challenges to reproductive health access around the world and talked about the impact of the female condom. Watch the full conversation above.

Sep. 16th is Global Female Condom Day. Last year, nearly 200 organizations from 26 countries participated in actions on social media. Join Planned Parenthood, The Red Pump Project, and other women’s rights champions as we utilize Google+ Hangouts On Air to discuss the following themes:
•Advocacy: How reproductive health clinic closures in the US affect access to female condoms
•HIV: Female Condoms as critical to stemming HIV in women
•Innovation: The future of female condoms

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More than Condoms: PSI Carribbean's Work with Non-Communicable Disease Prevention

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In 2010 PSI/Caribbean (PSI/C) saw the gap in noncommunicable disease prevention programming and took the opportunity to integrate NCD prevention into it’s sexual and reproductive health (SRH) service delivery program.

With the support of International Planned Parenthood Affiliates in Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, PSI/C launched a referral card system at IPPF clinics to support the uptake of services by our target populations including Youth-atRisk, Males-at-Risk, Females-at-Risk and the Uniformed Population.

In Suriname, PSI/C has partnered with IPPF Affiliate, Stichting Lobi to support service delivery by paying the operational costs of the mobile unit that is used to reach target populations in distant areas or those without medical insurance.

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East Asia Dispatches: Myanmar and China

This is the first post in a new series from our offices in east Asia. We are excited to share new stories each week from the region that will give a sense of PSI’s work in countries such as China, Myanmar and Laos.

China: In China, many injecting drug users engage in risky behaviors, such as sharing injecting equipment and having unprotected sex. These behaviors put them highly at risk for not only contracting HIV, but also Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Mr. Li was no different. He had quit drugs 8 years ago, and has since enjoyed a stable life with his wife.

In early August 2012, however, he ran into a PSI/China peer educator and learned that many injecting drug users had died due to infectious diseases because they’d missed the opportunity for early diagnosis and treatment.

The peer educator also gave him a voucher for free Hepatitis C testing and counseling at the USAID-funded Lianmeng Clinical Health Network. Concerned, Mr. Li and his wife used the voucher. Unfortunately, they both tested positive for Hepatitis C and were promptly referred to the Kunming No. 3 Infectious Disease Hospital for confirmatory testing and treatment.

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Kenyan Condom Ad Sparks Debate

A television advertisement in Kenya led to a public outcry against it and a national debate over how to encourage condom use.

The ad features two women who are gong about their daily routine. One of the women is having an extramarital affair. The second advises her to use a condom in order to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV.

Critics decried the ad saying that it promoted extramarital affairs rather then condemning them. The government responded by taking down the ad.

“There are better ways of passing useful information to society. This one has certainly failed,” said the Kenyan Anglican Church’s Bishop Julius Kalu to the Daily Nation.

“It openly propagates immorality, especially when all family members are gathered before television sets, waiting to watch news,” he continued.

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