Voices of Family Planning

A simple image and a few words can tell a powerful story. To highlight the stories that the world of family planning has to share, Knowledge for Health (K4Health) and FP202o created Family Planning Voices (#FPVoices). On May 2, FPVoices highlighted Temple Cooley, one of PSI’s experts in family planning and the Deputy Director of

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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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Shortages and Solutions: Mali

Impact Interviews Minister of Health and Public Hygiene Ousmane Koné

Impact: How have health workers had an impact in Mali? Ousmane Koné: If I must choose just one example, I would share our experience with active management of the third stage of labor (AMTSL), an innovation that prevents post-partum hemorrhage. Severe bleeding or hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death in Mali. This is

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It Takes a Market to get Men to Use Condoms in Africa. Here's How.

What can be done to increase the use of condoms by men in African countries? PSI and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) teamed up over the past year to study and report on the state of play in six African countries. The results are out in six new case studies that will be presented during a  consultative meeting on the Total Market Approach that PSI and UNFPA are hosting, today and tomorrow.

During the meeting, participants will discuss the findings from the six case studies conducted in African countries. Then, representatives from ten organizations will discuss how they can work together to support the development and implementation of the Total Market Approach in national markets for male condoms and other family planning supplies.

The UNFPA sponsored case studies were carried out in the past 12 months with support from two independent researchers in Botswana, Lesotho, Mali, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda. All of the countries have large condom social marketing programs, are affected by HIV, and have high maternal morbidity and mortality relative to their economic development.

Content for the case studies was based on a review of the literature, seven key TMA metrics calculated from national-level data, and interviews with stakeholders. All case studies were subject to review by stakeholders, including Ministries of Health and non-governmental organizations in all six countries, UNFPA’s local and regional offices, UNFPA headquarters in New York City, PSI country and regional offices, and PSI’s headquarters in Washington DC.

Each case study describe the market for male condoms in each of the countries, and the roles of the public, social marketing, and commercial sectors in those markets.

The cases illustrate the universe of need for condoms, levels of use, socioeconomic equity among users, and the market presence of condoms for reproductive health and HIV prevention (dual protection).

They also propose a set of recommendations for improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of condom markets.

The studies aim to inform the development of appropriate, evidence-based decisions to increase condom use equitably and sustainably through actions undertaken in the public, socially marketed, and commercial sectors.

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Mali: How Community Health Workers Save Lives

Mali has been all over the news lately due to political instability, violence in the north and hunger caused by a drought that is impacting countries across the Sahel. UNICEF shares a documentary that tells a different story about Mali. Recorded last year, short documents how community health workers are helping to reduce rate of child mortality in the country.

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Health Systems Strengthening with a Human Face

Ed note. This post is from Steven Chapman, PSI’s Chief Technical Officer, who was visiting Bamako to help with PSI Mali’s Innovation Program; Boureima Maiga PSI Mali’s Family Planning Director; and Laura Glish is a PSI Fellow based in Bamako.

We were in Bamako last week and had the chance to review a new and notable effort to increase contraceptive use. Malian women have more than six children on average and in Bamako only about one in five women uses a modern contraceptive. A full one third of Malian women are classified as having an unmet need for contraception.

Dutch and US government funding allowed PSI/Mali to start a partnership with the Ministry of Health’s primary health care system to expand its contraceptive offerings to include two contraceptives that work for multiple years, the IUD and implant. The plan is to rotate a small team of midwives from clinic to clinic, arriving on weekly immunization days when women with young children are present. The reception has been superb. Our aim was to understand why.

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Visualizing Global Child Mortality Trends

Data on child mortality from UNICEF and visualized by The Economist is as equally promising as it is worrisome. In 40 years, Turkey has reduced its mortality rate from 200 deaths of children under the age of 5 per 1,000 live births to 25 deaths per 1,000 live births. That is a monumental step forward in ensuring that children are given the opportunity to thrive and live full, healthy lives.

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Healthy Dose August 9, 2011

Top StoryUN Warns of Sharp Rise of Somali Refugees Newly arrived refugees await processing at Dadaab. Credit: Oxfam International The drought and famine has already caused massive displacement and a UN official warns that it could get much worse.  From the AP. The number of people fleeing famine-hit areas of Somalia is likely to rise

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Global Fund Receives a Stirring Defense in The Washington Post

Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and columnist for the Washington Post pens a very important defense of the Global Fund, amidst some unfair allegations of corruption. When scandals fit preexisting ideological narratives, they assume a life of their own. This particular narrative – the story of useless, wasted aid –

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The Healthy Dose for February 3, 2011

Top Story Bill Gates Urges Washington Not to Cut Foreign Aid Remarks from the CEO and philanthropist’s keynote address to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition dinner.  From the AFP: “Looking at these issues as a businessman, I believe that investing in the world’s poorest people is the smartest way our government spends money,” Gates said

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