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A Database Stems HIV in Central Asia

Maxim Kan was fed up. He had been painstakingly collecting data files for the previous USAID funded project, aimed at reducing the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics among key populations throughout Central Asia. But his database was outdated. As the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor at PSI’s Central Asia Office, Maxim needed to conduct ongoing data

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Malaria Case Surveillance App Improves Field Data Collection in Cambodia

Drug-resistant malaria has become the core focus of malaria activities in Cambodia, leading to nation-wide elimination efforts and collaboration across a vast range of actors, including the national program, donors, implementers, researchers and critically, public health providers. A key to combatting the spread of the drug-resistant form is early detection, strong surveillance and patient follow

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Revolutionizing Data for Decision-Making

In PSI’s latest issue of Pulse, our digital quarterly report, we explore how smart innovation is feeding the pipeline for tomorrow’s health interventions around the globe — from teen centered programs actually created by teens to new ways to collect and analyze critical data to inform smarter decisions. Here’s a preview: PSI has pioneered the way

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A Flood of Infographics for World Water Day

As many of you know, Sunday was World Water Day, a day to celebrate water and reflect on the many ways we need it and the many people who don’t yet have easy access to it. Each year, it seems, people get more creative about presenting data around water usage and its impact around the

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PSI Research Among the Best of Social Marketing Studies in 2014

By R. Craig Lefebvre, Chief Maven for socialShift Keeping up with the evolution of social marketing research and practice can be a tough problem. To help with that, I do an annual review of papers that document in the peer-reviewed literature how the field is developing (here are the links to the 2011, 2012, and

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By Karl Hofmann, president & CEO, PSI (@KarlHofmannPSI) At PSI we are always asking the question: How can we do better? From sending maternal health messages via a mobile app, to exploring how to make toilets a sustainable business and affordable for families, to expanding the frontiers of self-testing for HIV, we are embracing innovation.

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Self-Test Kits: A New Hope

Market analysis for HIV self-test kits, new products with huge potential

By Oscar Abello If you had to use one word to describe going in to get tested for HIV, what would it be? Gloomy? Grim? Brave? Slow? Responsible? Awkward? Removing some of those less desirable aspects of determining one’s HIV status is one of the biggest remaining challenges to stopping the spread of the virus

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Eighty Million Years

By Kim Longfield, Director of Research, PSI

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference. Held in New Haven, Conn., last week, the tenth edition of the gathering attracted more than 2,000 delegates and speakers from an array of disciplines: global health leaders like Jeffrey Sachs; investigative journalists like Michael Moss; influential bloggers like Seth Godin; and activists, entrepreneurs, academics, students, donors, and implementers.

It was the first time I’ve presented at this prestigious conference.

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Partner Insights: The Best Buys in Global Health

Guest contributor Amie Batson is chief strategy officer at PATH.

Later today, I’m joining a panel of international leaders, researchers, and health colleagues to dig deeply into a crucial question: which investments will help us save the lives of more women and children?

The event, organized by PATH, Devex, PSI, and partners, will introduce “Best Buys in Global Health,” a special issue of Impact magazine to be published today that invites you to explore the data, consider the options, and help us succeed. You’re also invited to watch our discussion live from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT today, and to follow the conversation and pose questions to the panelists at #BestBuys4GH.

As I prepared for today’s event, I thought about some of my own top choices. The great return on investing in women, as I’ve written here before, stands out as an unquestionable best buy in my mind. So do a few others…

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Twitter can Locate HIV Outbreaks

A team of researchers mapped over 9,800 tweets with sexual and drug-related themes and found that their locations were a good predictor for established statistics on HIV-prevalence. “Because of the growing amount of social media data, researchers and public health departments will soon be able to build upon these methods to more accurately monitor and detect health behaviors and disease outbreaks.”

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Hillary Clinton Launches Global Data Project on Women and Girls

Yesterday at an event on the campus of New York University, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Melinda French Gates, joined by moderator Chelsea Clinton, announced a new global data project on women and girls

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A 'gold standard' moment for evidence-based decision-making in global health

By Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, PSI. This originally appeared in Devex.

Each year, billions of dollars in foreign aid are earmarked for various global health priorities. The process by which any given health area ascends to priority status may vary with context, but as a global health community, we shoulder a collective responsibility to target our efforts based on reliable data that point to where the need is greatest.

Think of global health spending as denominated in different “currencies” — not dollars, pounds or euros, but impact based on disease burdens. Is there higher mortality from respiratory infection and pneumonia than, say, diarrhea in your country? Then interventions against pneumonia will have a higher value in terms of saving lives. When the United States uncoupled the dollar from the gold standard in the 1970s, global currencies floated free and had to find their own relative value against one another. In global health, we are on the cusp of a periodic revaluing moment, one in which our standard unit of measure is being reset.

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