Family Planning in Africa

Leading with Evidence: The Case for Greater Private Sector Engagement in Family Planning

By Christina Riley, Research Officer at Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University Globally, we are at a critical juncture for meeting the FP2020 goals, well past the halfway mark and edging closer to the deadline. As we work to get contraceptives into the hands of 120 million women and girls by 2020—and meet the Sustainable Development

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Moving from information gathering and idea generation to concept selection

Highlights from the Transform WASH Design Summit in Ethiopia – Part 2

By Monte Achenbach, Chief of Party, USAID Transform WASH This post is part of a series on PSI’s WASH design summit in Ethiopia. To read about Day 1, click here. Day 6 at the USAID Transform WASH Design Summit began like every day, with Morning Circle. This is a moment to set the mood, reflect,

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Let’s design our own solutions! Not FOR the community but WITH the community

Highlights from the Transform WASH Design Summit in Ethiopia – Part 1

By Monte Achenbach, Chief of Party, USAID Transform WASH When we set out to transform the WASH sector in Ethiopia, I knew it would be a fascinating journey. But, our Transform WASH Design Summit, organized by PSI/Ethiopia and led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) D-Lab here in Hawassa, took us to an entirely new

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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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HIV Self-Testing Leads to Self-Empowerment in Ethiopia

By Amerti Lemma, Communications Coordinator, PSI/Ethiopia “I remember the first time I got tested,” said Hana, recalling her experience from many years ago. “It was extremely scary and made me feel that knowing my status, which was likely be positive, could mean the end of the world.” At the time, stigma around HIV positive was

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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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A New Class of Toilets

By Sophia Greenbaum, Graphic Designer, PSI Sandy Garçon, Manager, External Relations & Communications, PSI “Excuse me. May I use your toilet?” Meseret Workneh takes great joy in hearing this ordinary request. Only five months ago, this twenty-seven-year-old mother of one could barely make ends meet from selling coffee on the side of the road. Now

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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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What Ethiopia Taught Us about the Contraceptives Market

By Danielle Garfinkel, FPwatch Communications Fellow, PSI How do you get contraceptives into the hands of 6.2 million women and girls? Since committing to reach this goal in 2012 as part of the FP2020 initiative, Ethiopia has made significant progress, with 1.5 million additional contraceptive users as of 2015. As we pass the half-way point

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Pulse Report

Keep Your Finger on the Pulse of Innovation

By Karl Hofmann, PSI President and CEO At PSI, we aim to maximize our health impact. In our latest issue of PSI Pulse, you can take a look at five cutting-edge ways that innovation, collaboration and partnership make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives. You can see how we…

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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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PSI Ethiopia Prepares to Launch PSI’s First Franchised, Pay-for-Use Toilet Business

By Genevieve Kelly, WASH Coordinator, PSI It was all-hands-on-deck this past August in Addis Ababa when an Ethiopian architect, expert from Sanergy, a sanitation social enterprise based in Kenya, PSI’s WASH coordinator and the distinct and talented team from PSI Ethiopia gathered at the PSI-Ethiopia office. Their objective: to design a high-quality, pay-for-use toilet that will

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