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 WASH Team

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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