PSI Global Ambassador Wins Women of Achievement Award

Congratulations to PSI Global Health Ambassador Debra Messing for being honored with the Women of Achievement Award at the 32nd Annual WP Theater Gala on Monday, March 27. The award honors women in theatre that have excelled not only in their profession, but also in their other endeavors. Debra joins the ranks of former award

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Why Engaging Traditional Leaders is Vital for the Success of STAR

The UNITAID/PSI HIV Self-Test Africa (STAR) consortium were joined by Ministry of Health representatives from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, as well as PSI Global Ambassador Debra Messing, last week in Blantyre, Malawi. The team learned firsthand how making HIV testing easier and more accessible can lead to getting people on treatment sooner. We met with

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What is the Potential for HIV Self-Testing in Africa ?

By Karin Hatzold, MD, MPH, Deputy Director of HIV/TB, PSI; Project Director of UNITAID/PSI STAR Project This blog post is the first in a series of four on the HIV Self-Test AfRica (STAR) project. The STAR team visit Malawi with PSI Global Ambassador Debra Messing to learn more about how HIV Self-Testing can contribute to achieving

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Teen Support

Teens Supporting Teens for Better Sexual Health in Malawi

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 reach 10-24

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Voluntary Male Circumcision

Why 9.1 Million African Men Chose Circumcision

By Jenny Tolep, External Relations and Communications At the recent International AIDS Society conference, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that in 2014 there had been a 750 percent increase in the annual number of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcisions (VMMC) performed just four years previously in 2010. This is a tremendous scale-up for a biomedical

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family planning in africa

A Father Worth Celebrating this Father’s Day

Photo of the Week

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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The Secrets of Starbucks

PSI and MSI Launch Social Franchising eLearning Course

By Christine Bixiones, Technical Advisor, Sexual Reproductive Health & TB Department Twenty years ago in Nepal, the first modern example of social franchising for health – the application of commercial franchising strategies to achieve public health goals – began expanding access to quality health services. This year, PSI and Marie Stopes International, two organizations that have

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Social and Structural Drivers

Scaling up proven biomedical and behavioral interventions isn’t enough

Social and structural drivers of the HIV epidemic: what’s the buzz about?

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The Power of Choice: Meet Marda and Alfred

Choice matters when it comes to determining to having children. This story from Malawi tells of  the young couple Marda and Alfred. We see how the choice of when to have children improves their lives. The video from the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health goes further to show the challenges that families face in accessing family planning services and contraceptives.

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Malawi's President on Supporting Health to Empower Women

Malawian president Joyce Banda sat down with CSIS to chat about how to support women’s empowerment in Malawi. She points to the importance of ensuring that women are healthy and have adequate services as a key part of supporting their empowerment.

“It is only when a women is economically empowered that she begins to make critical decisions about her health…I have found in the many years I have worked with women that when a women is economically empowered that she can negotiate at household level with her husband about the number of children that body of hers can have,” explains Banda.

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Global Health Corps Accepting New Applicants

PSI Board Member Barbara Bush co-founded the Global Health Corps (GHC) through the 2008 aids2031 Young Leaders Summit hosted by UNAIDS and Google. In the four years since the summit, GHC has continued to send talented volunteers to work with organizations like Partners in Health and PSI in countries like Rwanda, Uganda, the United Sates and Malawi.

Applications are now open for new corps members. This year, applicants can apply for 3 positions that match their interests and skills, from project management to monitoring and evaluation, engineering, communications and more. GHC says they are  looking for people from a broad range of sectors and disciplines. No prior health experience is necessary! The only things we ask are that the applicants be 30 years old or younger, hold a university degree, and be proficient in English.

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On the Road: Malawi – Toilet Tourism and Pipe Dreams

The following post is by Cate O’Kane, Senior Manager of Corporate Marketing. Today is World Water Day 2012.

A few months ago my American Standard toilet decided to block with no warning. As a single girl, new in DC, and with my DIY savvy dad several time zones away, I was lost. Luckily the bloke at the local hardware store sold me a plunger. Job solved, toilet unblocked.

Standing in the Chikhwawa settlement outside of Blantyre, Malawi last week I was reminded of my recent sanitation predicament. My issue stemmed from the fact that my toilet was clogged, but at least I had a toilet to get clogged. For many women in Malawi like Josephine, the idea of a seated flushing toilet is still just a pipe dream.

International non-profit organization ‘Water for People’(WFP) is helping to make this dream come true by working with local masons, financial institutions and communities to build pit latrines in the Blantyre area. These simple structures afford each family sanitation privacy and hygiene right next to their homes.

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