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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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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A Celebration of Young People’s Rights to Full Choice

By Andrea Mooney, Communications and Knowledge Management Advisor, PSI and Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor, PSI On Wednesday, January 27, Population Services International (PSI), along with Pathfinder International and its E2A project, MSI and FHI 360 held an event at the International Conference for Family in Nusa Dua, Indonesia, to celebrate young people’s rights to access

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Leveraging the Private Sector to Improve Access to Family Planning in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By Andrea Mooney, Communications and Knowledge Management Advisor, PSI In many developing countries, the private sector represents a major and growing source of voluntary family planning services for women and couples. This often presents a challenge for national health systems who are ill-equipped to ensure private providers sufficiently advance public health goals and adhere to

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Adolescents 360

The World’s Most Promising Generation is Coming of Age and Here’s What It Needs from Us

Adolescents 360 is a four-year $30 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, aiming to increase voluntary, modern contraceptive use and reduce unintended pregnancy among adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19 in three pilot countries — Nigeria, Tanzania and Ethiopia. By applying a user-centered approach, with youth

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Join PSI at the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning

Get a glimpse of #PSIatICFP.

On January 25-28 2016, Population Services International (PSI) will join thousands of family planning experts from all over the world at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. PSI and its network members will deliver more than 50 presentations and posters on how to increase access to family planning using the private

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Carrying on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Ensuring Equality in Health Coverage

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI As we pause to remember the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to human rights and equality in the United States and the world, we can reflect on how his legacy also resonates with the call for universal health coverage (UHC). In the past year, we’ve seen an

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Global Health News

#ICYMI: Top Global Health Tweets this Week

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI You may have heard that the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) scheduled for this week was canceled due to the volcanic eruption near Bali, Indonesia – but that doesn’t mean our work stops. There’s still much to be done. We’ve compiled our list of the top tweets of

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