Empowering Haiti’s Invisible Children

By Kim Agnew, Philanthropist and Founding Member of Maverick Collective Kimberly is a member of Maverick Collective, an initiative of Population Services International, a global health non-profit with operations in 65 countries and 9000 staff. Maverick Collective members partner on PSI programs to tackle critical challenges faced by women and girls through innovative projects to

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Entertainment that Communicates Healthy Behavior Change

Photo of the Week

By Jenny Tolep, External Relations & Communications On a warm, summer night in Port Au Prince, Haiti, 300 locals crowd together ready for an exciting show to begin. Lively PSI staff members jump on stage, dancing and playing music videos for the audience. Then the movie begins, and it’s a hit! The crowd is laughing at every

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Honoring World Red Cross & Red Crescent Day

Photo of the week

By Anna Dirksen, PSI Consultant The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the world’s largest humanitarian network, with nearly 100 million volunteers, supporters and staff worldwide. Today, May 8, is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, an opportunity to celebrate the movement’s fundamental principles and its organizations: the International Committee of the

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A Movie that Matters for a Healthy Haiti

By Ashley Judd It’s a balmy night in Port Au Prince. 300 Haitians are crowded on and around an outdoor stage near the beach. On the stage, young PSI staff dance and amp up the audience by playing music videos. Finally, the movie starts. PSI develops live action films featuring actors from the local country.

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Ashley Judd: The Questions Teens Ask about Sex

By Ashley Judd “Can you get HIV if you have sex in the sea?” That’s the kind of question that PSI-trained health educators like Jonas get asked. Jonas is meeting with 25 teens this afternoon in an open clearing in a Port Au Prince shantytown. He says, “We’re going to talk about HIV and STIs

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How $5 Can Save a Life

By Margaret Cohen The waiting room is crowded, but no one seems bothered. Everyone looks relieved to be here. Dr. Dorcil — Dr. Roberto as he likes to be called — manages this clinic on the outskirts of Port Au Prince, one of the few places where women can obtain low-cost reversible contraception like the

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Haitians Are Keeping Haiti Healthy. Join Ashley Judd in Supporting them.

By Ashley Judd Virgila is more charismatic and animated than most actors I know. She’s a PSI-trained health worker on the outskirts of Port Au Prince, Haiti. And she’s passionate about her work. She goes door-to-door educating women about the benefits of reversible contraception like the Intrauterine Device (IUD). Giving birth is dangerous business for

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Join Mandy Moore in Supporting Health Workers

By Mandy Moore Every child deserves to have fresh drinking water. But in countries like Haiti families often have no choice but to drink from contaminated sources. That’s why Simone still has a lot of work to do. As she rushes off to another home visit, she says, “I had three children, but two of

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This Story Must be Told

By Margaret Cohen, PSI Everyone you meet in Haiti has an earthquake story to tell. Five years later, the scars from that traumatic January day still haven’t healed. I went to Haiti to visit PSI programs that are helping Haitians lead healthier lives and build stronger foundations for themselves and their communities. The poorest country in the

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Growing Health and Economic Opportunity in Haiti through Women Micro-Entrepreneurs

PSI and Unilever are teaming up once again to support achievement of MDGs and building stronger, healthier societies. By partnering with Haitian micro-finance organization Fonkoze, the three organizations aim to support communities across the country in their efforts to build a better future. This new partnership combines the strengths of the three organizations: Unilever’s health and hygiene

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Haiti in the Time of Cholera

On Ebola: Haiti has lessons in slowing the spread of infectious disease

Do you remember when Haiti’s cholera epidemic broke out? It was in 2010, in the wake of the massive January earthquake that destroyed so much of the country’s infrastructure. It was the first time cholera had come to Haiti, meeting an unprepared and shattered health system. Today, Haiti’s cholera epidemic remains a burden, but it is no

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Focusing on Where HIV Will Be

Yves Girard Pierre Louis, deputy director of OHMaSS, the PSI network member in Haiti, reports briefly on what he sees as the big takeaways coming from the 20th International AIDS Conference

Yves Girard Pierre Louis, deputy director of OHMaSS, the PSI network member in Haiti, reports briefly on what he sees as the big takeaways coming from the 20th International AIDS Conference

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