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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Water Purification Methods

Safe Water in Ethiopia

By Jenny Tolep, External Relations & Communications While the US media has spent a lot of coverage on yellowing lawns and other effects of water restrictions in California, a lack of running water in other parts of the world has far greater consequences. And even with the draught in the western US, water is something

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Polio Spreads in East Africa

Somalia PolioThe polio outbreak discovered in Somalia this May caused concerns that it would spread to neighboring countries. Today we learned of the first case of polio in Ethiopia since 2008. A total of 105 cases of polio have been recorded this year in Somalia. That is 5 out of every 9 cases of polio around the world.

“It’s very worrying because it’s an explosive outbreak and of course polio is a disease that is slated for eradication,” said Oliver Rosenbauer, a spokesman for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the World Health Organization in Geneva to TIME.

“In fact we’re seeing more cases in this area this year than in the three endemic countries worldwide.”

VOA reports on the latest outbreak:

Carol Pandak heads Rotary International’s polio eradication program.

“It’s not surprising that the virus is spreading. This area has been considered high risk because of its proximity to Somalia,” said Pandak.

A Somali refugee camp in Kenya has also seen 12 cases of the paralyzing disease this year.

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Global Fund Announces $419 Million in New Grants

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria announced that it has awarded 45 new 2-year grants for a sum of $419.2 million. “We are proud that this investment can assure continuation of live-saving services to countless patients,” said Gabriel Jaramillo, General Manager of the Global Fund.

The grants are different from past offerings which usually are for five years. The Global Fund also indicated that 11 proposals were sent back for revisions meaning that the total funding would tip $500 million if all are accepted.

Devex explains the process for awarding the grants.

Applicants for the just-awarded transitional funding had to have a current Global Fund grant that was facing significant program disruption between the start of 2012 and March 31, 2014, and had to cap the projects at two years instead of the usual five. They were also instructed to request the minimum amount of financing necessary to continue essential prevention, treatment or care services, and had to demonstrate that no other funding sources were available.

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How Social Media Unlocks Condom Conundrum in Conservative Cultures

Selling condoms in traditionally conservative societies can be a challenge. Previous challenges to distribution have been broken down by new technologies. Christopher Purdy of DKT International describes how that shift has allowed promotion through social media channels like Twitter and Facebook to reach more people concerning issues like family planning.

He writes:

Today, such promotion is easier. Ethiopian university students can sign up online to learn about contraceptives, chat with each other about sensitive subjects, and access educational information. Messaging can be more hard-hitting and edgy because social media typically targets a younger audience. Through YouTube, DKT runs condom ads for ‘Sensation’ condoms, showing young people posing with condoms while celebrating Ethiopia’s diverse cultures.

Similarly, in Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country of 230 million, the DKT ‘Fiesta’ condom brand now has pages on Facebook, Twitter andYouTube that talk about safe sex and condom use in a ways that might make some Americans blush. Young Indonesians, like their counterparts globally, are spending more and more time on the internet and less time on traditional media. Condom education and outreach have adjusted to these new media use patterns accordingly.

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