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How Expectant Mothers in Guatemala Stay Zika-free

By Alejandra Cabrera, Strategic Information Manager, PASMO/PSI Marilin Gómez stepped out of the examination room wearing a loose-fitting blouse and a shy smile. The slender 19-year old was halfway through the second trimester of her first pregnancy. Marilin is at ease with the idea of motherhood, but is worried about her baby’s health. “My biggest

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The Heroes of International Women’s Day

PSI works to make it easier for women in the developing world to live healthier lives and plan the families they desire. Now more than ever, our commitment to women is unwavering. On International Women’s Day, we’re featuring three heroes of their own stories. In keeping themselves and their families healthy, they’re creating a better

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A Sustainable Way to Expand Access to LARCs

By Andrea Mooney, Communications and Knowledge Management Advisor, SIFPO2, PSI With USAID assistance, PSI’s SIFPO2 project recently welcomed implementing partners, donors and family planning experts from around the world to a technical consultation in Washington, DC, to discuss how task sharing can increase access to voluntary long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) and permanent methods of family

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Giving Thanks to Individuals Working for Universal Health Access

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI As many in the US give thanks this week, we at PSI wanted to thank the individuals who advocate for and educate their communities and vulnerable populations. Community health workers and peer educators are on the frontlines every day, supporting the work PSI does to makes it easier for

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Joining Together to End Violence Against Women in Guatemala

By Samantha Kerr, Associate Program Manager, LAC In Guatemala, it’s dangerous to be a woman. Guatemala has one of the highest rates of gender-motivated murder of women in the world and struggles with a pervasive, silent epidemic of gender-based violence (GBV). Encompassing many forms of violence based on the imbalance of power between men and

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PASMO Increases Access to Family Planning in Guatemala

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By Jenny Tolep, External Relations & Communications “Each child is beautiful,” says Ingrid, a mother in Guatemala City. “But when one gets sick, sometimes you don’t have what you need to take care of them. Sometimes there’s not even enough bread or water to give them.” With seven children already, Ingrid could not provide for

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What ‘Prosperity with Equity’ Really Looks like in Central America

By Alejandra Cabrera, PASMO Strategic Information Manager and Anna Dirksen, PSI Consultant The 7th Summit of the Americas kicks off tomorrow and all eyes are on Panama, where the meeting takes place. Mostof those watching will likely be focused on the return of Cuba to the hemispheric forum and the meeting of US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.  But the

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2014 has been PSI’s most Impactful Year Yet

Once a year, PSI shares its annual impact of interventions used around the globe, including its DALYs averted. A DALY is a Disability Adjusted Life Year, or in other words, a year of healthy life lost to illness or death. Without PSI’s interventions, more than 53 million years of healthy life would have been lost.

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5 mHealth Solutions that Bridge the Gap between Innovative Technology and Consumer Adoption

By Minal Bopaiah A recent JAMA article examining the accuracy of wearable devices highlights an underlying problem that pervades much of the health industry: adoption. The article authors discuss how pedometers have seen low adoption by consumers, even though studies have shown that these devices do help with health goals. Yet, the wearable devices that

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4 PSI Costumes to Inspire your Halloween

By Regina Moore, PSI Still looking for the perfect Halloween costume? At PSI we do whatever it takes to get life-saving health information to people, and often costumes are the perfect way to get people’s attention.  Check out some of the costumes we’ve used over the years, and don’t forget to share with us any

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PSI/Guatemala Hosts USAID's Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez

1 Chichi USAID sept2013 ND foto (47)Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID, recently visited various health projects supported by USAID in Guatemala. The USAID|PlanFam project, supported by PSI/Guatemala was one of the stops.

USAID|PlanFam project organized three activities related to sexual and reproductive health where Dr. Pablos-Méndez had the chance to actively participate:

a) visit a family planning clinic at Chichicastenango Centro de Atención Permanente (CAP) to observe infrastructure improvements, biosecurity, and the experiences of health providers related to training and skills to deliver FP services,

b) visit a local FP user´s household to exchange positive experiences about the use of modern family planning methods and attendance to health services, and

c) visit a health fair targeted to 120 adolescents to promote delayed sexual debut and the prevention of unplanned pregnancies, in the public school Cantón Chugüexá I.


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Talking Taboos: Guatemala’s Club en Conexión

One Saturday a couple of years ago, 16-year-old Edgar Anibal Miranda sat in his bedroom in Guatemala City, listening to the radio. He was surprised to hear a group of young people talking openly about sexual health issues.

“It was strange,” he now says. “I’d never heard anyone talk about these topics – not my parents, not even my school.”

The radio program was part of Club en Conexión, the youth program of PSI’s Central American affiliate, PASMO. In a region where young people aged 10-24 make up a third of the population,1 access to information about reproductive health, HIV and sexually transmitted infections is critical but often lacking.

Teen pregnancy rates are alarming in many parts of the region, and only about half of all sexually active young people report using condoms. Club en Conexión works to meet young people’s sexual and reproductive health needs by training motivated youth to become leaders and educators in their communities. Operating in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, young club leaders teach their friends and peers through interactive activities, including games and kiosks at public events, education sessions at schools and universities, an online web community and popular radio programs. Since its inception in 2005, Club en Conexión’s peer educators have conducted more than 90,000 activities throughout the region.

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