TakeCare GiveCare with PRJKT RUBY

For every US-based sale made with the low-cost birth control provider PRJKT RUBY a donation is made to support access to contraception in a developing country. November 2, 2017- While taking care of their own reproductive health, women can now give care to others in need. Today, online birth control provider PRJKT RUBY is formally

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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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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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FPwatch: Getting the Full Picture on the Contraceptive Market

By Danielle Garfinkel, FPwatch Communications Fellow, PSI It’s no easy feat to enable an additional 120 million women and girls to use contraceptives. Since 2012, nearly 40 countries have made a commitment to do just that through FP2020, a global movement to expand access to family planning.  Yet, progress at the country-level has varied ­—

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Voices of Family Planning

A simple image and a few words can tell a powerful story. To highlight the stories that the world of family planning has to share, Knowledge for Health (K4Health) and FP202o created Family Planning Voices (#FPVoices). On May 2, FPVoices highlighted Temple Cooley, one of PSI’s experts in family planning and the Deputy Director of

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For Youth, by Youth

Collaborating with Youth to Solve Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenges

By Taylor Schaffter, Learning Advisor, Adolescents 360, PSI “You are committing a historic mistake by introducing contraception for the 15-19,” was definitely not the reaction Ethiopian young designer, Eden Befekadu, expected to hear as she stood in front of the crowd that warm March morning. An admittedly shy 19-year-old, it took courage for her to

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Delivering Birth Spacing Services to Somaliland’s Doorstep

By Corinne White, Program Coordinator, East Africa, PSI In Somaliland, “Kala-koriye” is all PSI community health workers have to say to be recognized when conducting home visits to discuss birth spacing options. This Somalilander term for birth spacing is synonymous with PSI’s delicate work around this sensitive issue. “Some of our workers have faced a

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9 Ways to Increase Demand for Child Spacing and Survival

By Boladale Nurat Akin-Kolapo, Society for Family Health Nigeria/PSI The Expanded Social Marketing Project (ESMPIN), funded by USAID, improved the health of women and children in Nigeria by increasing use of modern family planning methods and child health. To achieve this, a team, including Society for Family Health (SFH) along with the Association for Reproductive

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Why have four children when you could have seven?

By Jill Filipovic This piece originally ran on The Guardian.com. The article takes a thoughtful look into barriers to family planning uptake in Niger and the dilemma facing organizations like PSI working to meet the country’s high unmet contraceptive need. ____________________________________________________________________________________ With the world’s highest birthrate, Niger’s population is set to double in 17 years. NGOs are providing

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She Keeps the Power to Decide

On March 2, governments around the world will convene in Brussels to ensure that women and girls have the power to decide their own futures. The She Decides International Conference, part of the She Decides Initiative, will address the decrease in US funding as a result of the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, or

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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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10 Steps to Advance the Health and Rights of Young People

Young people in the developing world have urgent and vast needs for policies and programs that safeguard their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR): A quarter of married adolescent girls and half of unmarried adolescent girls in Africa have an unmet need for family planning. 60% of Africa’s unsafe abortions occur among girls and

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