Developing an IUD Inserter for Postpartum Women

The story below originally appeared on USAID’s blog.  Dr. Sharad Singh from Population Services International (PSI) recalls the story of a new young mother, Sarita.* “She held her newborn daughter and promised her the best of everything. This silent conversation was suddenly interrupted by the image of her neighborhood friend who had three children in

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Why have four children when you could have seven?

By Jill Filipovic This piece originally ran on The The article takes a thoughtful look into barriers to family planning uptake in Niger and the dilemma facing organizations like PSI working to meet the country’s high unmet contraceptive need. ____________________________________________________________________________________ With the world’s highest birthrate, Niger’s population is set to double in 17 years. NGOs are providing

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Medicines360 and Population Services International Announce New Partnership to Expand Access to Hormonal IUDs to Women in Africa

New Partnership to Tackle Disparities in Women’s Contraception in Africa.

San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC – September 26, 2016 – Medicines360, a global nonprofit pharmaceutical company, and Population Services International (PSI), a leading global health organization working in reproductive health, announced today an agreement to expand access to Medicines360’s hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg.  Under this agreement, the partners will

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Contraceptives for Women

Market Development for New Contraceptive Products

In PSI’s latest issue of Pulse, our digital quarterly report, we explore how smart innovation is feeding the pipeline for tomorrow’s health interventions around the globe — from teen centered programs actually created by teens to new ways to collect and analyze critical data to inform smarter decisions. Here’s a preview: How do you create a

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A Father Worth Celebrating this Father’s Day

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By Jenny Tolep, External Relations and Communications Laurent Daniel is a loving husband and father in Mchinji, Malawi. To provide for his family, Laurent rides a bike taxi while his wife, Loness, farms, growing maize and ground nuts. Together, they have five children that range from 15-years-old to three months. It was after their fifth

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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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3 Innovative Ways to Use Family Planning Products to Encourage Healthy Behaviors

By Minal Bopaiah, Communications Manager, PSI Sometimes art can be the best form of advocacy. PSI loves engaging in creative social marketing. So we are completely inspired by the artists and activists who use family planning products in original ways to send a message. For example, OB/Gyn and jewelry-maker Virginia Smith has designed a line

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PSI Distributes 349,000 IUDs in 2014


By Sophia Greenbaum, Graphic Designer, PSI A T-shaped birth control method is on the rise of popularity among women in the United States. After its disappearance in the 1980s and 1990s, the use of an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) has dramatically increased. The IUD provides a long-term and highly effective solution to family planning for

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Stanford and PSI researchers test safer, more convenient post-partum IUD inserter

By Ruthann Richter – This originally appeared on the Stanford Scope Blog.

Stanford’s Paul Blumenthal, MD, MPH, and his colleagues at Population Services International have won a grant from “Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development” to expand testing of a simple, safe post-partum IUD inserter for women in the developing world.

In a July 31 presentation that resembled a high-school science fair, the group presented its proposal in Washington, D.C. to a team of judges, who picked it from among some 400 submissions, said Blumenthal, a professor of ob-gyn at Stanford and PSI’s medical director. The $250,000 seed grant will enable the researchers to test the device on a much larger scale among women in India.

The device provides “one-stop-shopping” for women seeking a long-term form of birth control. A woman can deliver a baby in the hospital, then have the device inserted either immediately after giving birth or sometime over the next 24-48 hours. Blumenthal told me:

It simplifies a process which has been complicated until now. We think it will show it is safer in terms of less contamination. And it will be much easier for clinicians to learn and a LOT more convenient. You can take it out of the package, insert it and call it a day, compared to the forceps routine clinicians have been using up to now.

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PSI is a Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge Finalist

IMG_1050PSI is proud to join 22 Round 3 award nominees from a pool of 53 finalists in the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. Our Immediate postpartum intrauterine device (PPIUD) insertion study was listed alongside 17 grant seed nominees yesterday afternoon. Dr. Jyoti Vajpayee, Senior Technical Advisor, and Dr. Paul Blumenthal, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Stanford Program for International Reproductive Education and Services, (pictured to the left) were on hand to receive the award.

The award nominees cut across maternal and neonatal health, family planning, nutrition and HIV and they present not only cutting-edge technologies that can be used in resource-poor settings, but innovative approaches to delivering services and the adoption of healthy behaviors. The announcement was made at the closing forum of the DevelopmentXChange by the Saving Lives at Birth partners. The nominees will now enter into final negotiations before awards are issued.

The primary objective of the study is to determine the safety, acceptability (provider/consumer comfort and confidence), feasibility, and efficacy of PPIUD inserters. The expected impact of the project is validation to take this technology to scale and to increase uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives globally. The innovation in this project is a significant improvement over the standard practice because the validation of a new prototype for a dedicated PPIUD inserter will dramatically improve service delivery and increase uptake of PPIUDs.

Dr Blumenthal recently spoke with the Stanford School of Medicine on how his work with PSI has helped identify ways to increase IUD use in developing countries.

Project director Dana Tilson added, “When contraceptives are available in these settings, they are often limited to one or two options, all requiring frequent, repeat visits to continue.”

In an effort to, in Tilson’s words, “give women access to a range of choices that were previously unavailable” and to improve reproductive health, the researchers launched a two-year, 13-country initiative to promote and provide IUDs.


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Further Evidence that Contraceptive Access Reduces Unwanted Pregnancies and Abortions

We told you on Monday that contraception is the best way to avoid abortions. The evidence provided was more corollary in terms of countries having fewer abortions when women have access to family planning methods. It also turns out that there is strong data to back up the assertion that contraceptives, in this case for free, cut into abortion rates.

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis tracked 9,256 women with the average age of 25 who took part in the Contraceptive Choice Project from August 2007 to September 2011. The women in the study were given their choice of contraception for free over three years.

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Turning the Tide toward Girls

By Her Royal Highness Crown Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Healthy New Generation

Thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2012 International AIDS Conference July 22-27. I have attended IAC in years past as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS, and I always look forward to being among the people who devote their lives to stopping this confounding epidemic.

It energizes me.

The theme of AIDS2012 was “Turning the Tide Together.”  As I look back on the Conference, my mind is on the girls and women I met during my recent trip to New Delhi, the microcosm of India


Much of the city was unrecognizable to me this last trip. I have been to India many times, and each time there are more buildings, more highways and more people. Thankfully, some sentimental things had remained the same: the spices, the color and pace of life everywhere.

The one thing that regrettably was still recognizable was the poor health of the girls and women I met.

With nearly 17 million residents, Delhi is one of the most expensive and richest cities in India. It’s famous not just for its wide, tree-lined avenues, but also for slums.

I took my trip with my friend and PSI Vice President Kate Roberts.

We are both doting mothers who are avid supporters of the Girl Effect and committed to improving the health of girls and women. This was a learning journey for me to see some of PSI’s and its partners’ health programs. I wanted to get a glimpse of the whole picture – the daily lives of women and girls and the innovative health solutions reaching them.

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