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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Increasing Contraceptive Use and HIV Testing Among Youth: New Evidence from Liberia

By Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor, Youth & Girls, PSI Rebecca Firestone, Senior Technical Advisor, Strategic Research & Evaluation, PSI Reid Moorsmith, Former Country Representative, Liberia and current Technical Director, Asia, PSI HealthyActions is delivered over five days for learners attending math and literacy classes through EDC’s Alternative Basic Education programs. The program uses engaging participatory methods

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Young Moms Know Best

by Caitlin Heising, Philanthropist & Founding Member of Maverick Collective Caitlin Heising is a member of Maverick Collective, an initiative of PSI. Maverick Collective members partner on PSI programs to tackle critical challenges faced by women and girls across the globe, developing innovative projects and game-changing interventions. Members work shoulder to shoulder with a global community

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A Sustainable Way to Expand Access to LARCs

By Andrea Mooney, Communications and Knowledge Management Advisor, SIFPO2, PSI With USAID assistance, PSI’s SIFPO2 project recently welcomed implementing partners, donors and family planning experts from around the world to a technical consultation in Washington, DC, to discuss how task sharing can increase access to voluntary long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) and permanent methods of family

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