Why Did this 19-Year-Old Make a Life Decision Based on a Prototype?

by Tyler LePard, A360 Communications Consultant, PSI Nineteen-year-old Amaru was scared of using contraception. Friends had said it could cause severe headaches and abdominal cramps. She’d also heard it would pause a woman’s monthly bleeding, causing blood to accumulate in the uterus — not to mention that implants were painful to insert and remove. As

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Support #HerFuture at the London Summit on Family Planning

On 11 July 2017, Population Services International (PSI) will join policymakers, donors, experts and advocates from all over the world working on behalf of girls and women at the 2017 Family Planning Summit in London. PSI experts will share how they are working for women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and #HerFuture at a number of Summit

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Delivering Birth Spacing Services to Somaliland’s Doorstep

By Corinne White, Program Coordinator, East Africa, PSI In Somaliland, “Kala-koriye” is all PSI community health workers have to say to be recognized when conducting home visits to discuss birth spacing options. This Somalilander term for birth spacing is synonymous with PSI’s delicate work around this sensitive issue. “Some of our workers have faced a

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10 Steps to Advance the Health and Rights of Young People

Young people in the developing world have urgent and vast needs for policies and programs that safeguard their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR): A quarter of married adolescent girls and half of unmarried adolescent girls in Africa have an unmet need for family planning. 60% of Africa’s unsafe abortions occur among girls and

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Is (Social) Enterprise the Future?

By Abigail Winskell, PSI What is a social enterprise? Profit for purpose or the double bottom line of impact and money? Applying commercial practices to deliver positive social impact? A for-profit entity with a strong focus on delivering social impact? Or simply an opportunity for non-profit organizations to diversify their funding for increased health impact? All

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PSI Pledges Increased Access to Contraception for 10 Million Youth by 2020

Population Services International (PSI) is excited to join Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) in its sharpened focus on meeting the unmet need for contraception among adolescents and young women. PSI, through its global network of 60 country programs, commits to reaching 10 million people under the age of 25 with modern contraceptive methods by the end

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Attacks on Women’s Reproductive Health Facilities, Advances in Women’s Reproductive Health

By Karen Sommer Shalett Over the next two weeks Impact will post the top 12 global health moments of 2015 with commentary from experts. We want to hear your thoughts, too. So login and comment, share on social media and reflect on what has been a pretty interesting year for global health. While Planned Parenthood

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Eight Questions for Melinda Gates

By Sara Ojjeh, Editor-In-Chief, PhilanthropyNYU; PSI NextGen Ambassador About the Author: Sara Ojjeh is a dedicated philanthropist with special interests in international development, global health and education, and human rights. She was a Director at the Swiss Philanthropy Fund, a non-profit that helps women and children across the world live better lives, support themselves, get an

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Quality: A Patient’s Right and a Sound Business Practice in Tanzania

The fifth in a series of articles from FP2020 partners illustrating how human rights principles shape their reproductive health programs.

By Madeleine Moore, Population Services International/Tanzania When Dr. Joseph Mambo was a young physician in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, tragedy was a daily occurrence.  Infant mortality was so high that that he would sometimes certify five or more child deaths in one day. That was 30 years ago, and thankfully, Tanzania’s child mortality rate is

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The Economic Case for Contraceptive Choice

By Karl Hofmann, president & CEO, PSI The headlines from India last November seemed anachronistic: “Web of Incentives in Fatal Indian Sterilizations” and “Deaths Put Spotlight on Indian Sterilization Camps”. The days of forced sterilisation must be behind us, aren’t they? Isn’t demographic pressure taking care of itself in the 21st century, through economic growth

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Sec State Kerry Welcomes International Family Planning Conference Attendees

US Secretary of State couldn’t make it to Addis Ababa for the International Family Planning Conference, but he did send along this recorded message. Watch him here and read what he said below:

Good afternoon. I’d like to welcome the thousands of you from governments around the world, NGOs, public and private organizations, and elsewhere, who are taking part in the third biennial International Family Planning Conference. I’m really sorry that I couldn’t be with you in person in Addis Ababa, but I want to tell you that, as both the U.S. Secretary of State and the father of two extraordinary young women, I am exceedingly grateful for your hard work and dedication to this cause. Millions of women, men, and children have better lives today thanks to the work that many of you have done for decades.

In 1994, when I was a U.S. Senator, I attended the historic International Conference on Population and Development. What was clear back then is still clear today: that challenges like reproductive health care and family planning are bigger than the political boxes that some try to force them into. These are basic human necessities that hundreds of millions of women are forced to go without. For some, it’s because they can’t afford or don’t have access to these services. For others, it’s because their husbands or their communities simply don’t support their use.

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Data and Partnerships will Bring Family Planning to 120 Million Women and Girls

FP2020_BannerAds2Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mauritania and Myanmar used the Family Planning conference to announce major new national family planning pledges. Leaders and advocates are currently gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to continue the momentum towards increased access to family planning for millions of women.

The 2013 International Conference on Family Planning also saw the release of a new global progress report by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), titled FP2020 Partnership in Action. It lays out a new frame work for the monitoring and evaluation of family planning so that countries can track their own progress in a way that informs decisions.

FP2020 is a creative network of cooperation that revolves around a hub to promote knowledge-sharing and emergent thinking. It will also identify and collect data on additional indicators to measure concepts around informed choice, autonomy and the extent to which family planning programs are implemented in accordance with human rights principles.

“Over a year ago in London, the global community declared women’s health and well-being an urgent priority. Today, we are seeing words translate into action,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, and Co-Chair of the FP2020 Reference Group. “What’s most encouraging is that the countries taking the greatest steps toward improving access to modern contraceptives, including through increased domestic resources for family planning, are the countries where family planning choices have been the most limited.”

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