This Mom Outsourced the ‘Sex’ Talk: Here’s What Happened

Doreen’s mom didn’t tell her why she was handing her an invitation a few days earlier. It caught the teen’s attention though: It was yellow with a bright green pineapple printed on it. Doreen’s mom Alice had visited the clinic on Tuesday — along with 20 other mothers. Alice heard that she could invite Doreen

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Introducing PSI’s New Counseling Prototype, the Choice Book

By Laura Glish, Reproductive Health Technical Advisor, PSI PSI technical experts on reproductive health recently introduced a new contraceptive counselling prototype. Read more about what makes it different and effective: Access to contraception is key to securing the wellbeing and autonomy of women and girls. Yet in many regions of the world, large numbers of

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Family Planning is Tired: Tanzanian Teens Want Straight Talk About Contraception

“My boyfriend?” Afsa giggles… “His name is Ramo.” Afsa, 16,  has been with Ramo for three years. “He works at the supermarket.” Although slight in stature, Afsa’s confidence booms. “I want to be a soldier,” she says as she punches the air. “I can run fast.” Afsa is at PSI Tanzania’s pop up workshop, Kuwa

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Why Youth-Friendly Health Services Matter

by Jessica Salama, Associate Program Manager, Global Marketing, PSI 1.2 billion adolescents are reaching their reproductive years, and most don’t have access to modern contraception. That’s a big number, but it’s not our greatest challenge. The real challenge we’re facing is a lack of empathy in program design. PSI is working to address this as

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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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