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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In Congo Word of Mouth is Everything: Testimonials Change Opinions about Family Planning

By Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies The clinic’s massive courtyard is filled with women and small babies cradled, toddling, jumping and most other action verbs. Children cry and roosters crow while M.J. talks to 50 women seated on cement benches under a hot tin roof outside the Salvation Army’s Centre De Sante Bomoi clinic in

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Voices From the Field: How Samosas Helped a Ugandan Mother Find Family Planning

By Shallon Rwecurenga, Area Program Officer, Eastern Region Seated at her workplace — a small metallic container that is rather hot with a mud floor and soot-covered walls — Grace goes about her usual business of making vegetable samosas, which she sells for a living. Grace, a middle aged mother of 13-year-old Victo and 4-year-old

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PPIUD

Innovation Challenge Grant Winner Reports Successful Pilot Study for New Contraceptive Procedure

Using a new cheaper, simpler inserter for IUDs after labor and delivery can save lives in the developing  world. Washington, DC, (March 22, 2016) Following a proof-of-concept study to be published March 23 in the journal Global Health Science and Practice, Population Services International (PSI) Global Medical Director Paul Blumenthal, MD, reports benefits from a

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Whisper Female Condoms: They’re Not a Secret Anymore

By Limbani Kamowatimwa, Marketing Coordinator, PSI/Malawi and Maria Dieter, Communications Assistant, PSI According to a recent Malawi Demographic and Health Survey, 26% of married women of reproductive age in Malawi reported having an unmet need for family planning, which translates into more than 550,000 women. The rate was the same for ages 15-19 and 20-24.

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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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Integrating Family Planning and HIV Prevention to Better Serve Key Populations

By Andrea Mooney, Communications and Knowledge Management Advisor, PSI Female sex workers (FSWs) are at heightened risk of both HIV infection and unintended pregnancy. Although programs targeting FSWs emphasize HIV prevention and condom promotion, they typically overlook the broader reproductive health needs of these women. This week at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP),

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