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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Changing Policy Unblocks an Obstacle

India and 68 other developing countries pledged to make contraceptives available to an additional 120 million women and girls by 2020. To reach this goal, the most populous state in the country, Uttar Pradesh (UP), must make a large contribution. The UP government turned to PSI-India to help implement the Hausala Sajheedari program, incentivizing private-sector

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Why Melinda Gates is Excited about Girls Helping Girls

By Taylor Vaught, Learning Advisor, Adolescents 360, PSI At PSI, we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about putting girls at the heart of our work. Melinda Gates is too, and we’re grateful to her for giving a shout out to one of our projects, Adolescents 360, in her recent article on Medium about why she’s excited

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Setting Newlyweds Up for Success

A young couple talks straight about Family Planning in Congo

By Kaylin Fabian, Fundraising Coordinator, PSI Chimene Mulutu and her husband Christian made a choice that broke the mold for newly married youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): they decided to use contraception to delay having their first child. Chimene and Christian have been married for nine months, and they are using lessons

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Medicines360 and Population Services International Announce New Partnership to Expand Access to Hormonal IUDs to Women in Africa

New Partnership to Tackle Disparities in Women’s Contraception in Africa.

San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC – September 26, 2016 – Medicines360, a global nonprofit pharmaceutical company, and Population Services International (PSI), a leading global health organization working in reproductive health, announced today an agreement to expand access to Medicines360’s hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg.  Under this agreement, the partners will

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World Contraception Day

Contraception Changes Everything

Today is World Contraception Day. That means we’re celebrating options — the option to plan the family you desire, and to choose which contraceptive method is right for you. We live in a world where 225 million women have an unmet need for contraception. In 2015, PSI was able to help almost 4 million women

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