Peace of Mind in a Kit

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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A Kit to Combat Zika

By Margaret Cohen Less than a year after Zika was declared a global health emergency, the mosquito- and sexually-transmitted virus is present in more than 30 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean. With no vaccine or treatment in sight, prevention remains essential to halting the spread of the disease. Through awareness campaigns,

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Between Life and Death: Being Pregnant in Rural Africa

By Diane Powell, Clinical Social Worker, Philanthropist and Founding Member of Maverick Collective Diane Powell is a member of Maverick Collective, an initiative of PSI. Maverick Collective members partner on PSI programs to tackle critical challenges faced by women and girls across the globe, developing innovative projects and game-changing interventions. Members work shoulder to shoulder

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SC Johnson Donates 45,000 Units of OFF! Personal Repellent to PSI

Partnership will help protect women in Central America

RACINE, Wis., June 9, 2016 — SC Johnson announced today it will donate nearly 45,000 units of OFF!® personal mosquito repellent to PSI, an organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world by focusing on serious challenges including maternal and child health. The DEET-based personal repellent will be included in pregnancy

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Keep it Simple

How do you get to SDG 3? Atul Gawande talks checklists, C-sections and primary care.

By Deborah O’Neil, Ariadne Labs Global health leader Atul Gawande has forged a groundbreaking approach to healthcare innovation by focusing on simple systems solutions, such as checklists, for improving care. The Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon and Harvard professor founded Ariadne Labs in Boston to deliver on this vision. He recently answered a few questions

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PPIUD

Innovation Challenge Grant Winner Reports Successful Pilot Study for New Contraceptive Procedure

Using a new cheaper, simpler inserter for IUDs after labor and delivery can save lives in the developing  world. Washington, DC, (March 22, 2016) Following a proof-of-concept study to be published March 23 in the journal Global Health Science and Practice, Population Services International (PSI) Global Medical Director Paul Blumenthal, MD, reports benefits from a

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Mama Angel

Worth a Follow: Merck for Mothers

By Etiti Ayeni, Digital Marketing Consultant, PSI PSI likes to give shout-outs to our partners, peer organizations, and global health influencers working everyday to make good health a reality for men, women and children around the world. One of our partners, Merck for Mothers, promotes the health and well-being of mothers through private sector quality, accessibility and affordability

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Interpersonal Communicators Working to Educate Communities on Family Planning

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies  Last week we introduced you to a clinic owner in Uganda, who is supported by PSI network member PACE. Clinic owners also sometimes use interpersonal communicators (IPCs) to reach women in villages and educate them on the services offered. Today we highlight

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Maternal Health Stories

Creating an “Uber” Motorcycle Service in Uganda to Get Expectant Mothers to the Clinic

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies   On Tuesday, we introduced you to Jane Mpanga, who runs the Good Samaritian clinic in Kampala, Uganda, with support from PSI network member PACE. Today we highlight how motorcycle taxi drivers are helping her patients get the care they need. Naboth is 25-year-olds,

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PACE midwife Profam

Social Franchising Helps a Midwife Provide more Expectant Mothers in Uganda with Quality Care

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies   If juggling multiple tasks were an Olympic sport, Jane Mpanga would have a gold medal. At the Good Samaritan Clinic in Kampala, Uganda, which she owns and runs, Jane checks in on patients, talks with her community outreach workers, reviews lab reports

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From Pharmacists to Warehouses, PACE is Improving the Health of Women in Uganda

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies   Too often in Uganda, the basic essentials that women need to stay are in short supply. Women trying to access affordable essential medicines, contraception and clean birthing kits are often met with “We’ve sold out.” Kareem used to have to say that to

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MomConnect

Advancing Women’s Health, One Text at a Time

By Maggie FitzPatrick and Alice Lin Fabiano Johnson & Johnson is a thought leader who discusses various global health issues facing our time. In this op-ed, see how they are working to reduce health disparities and improve maternal health outcomes.  This past spring, South African Health Minister Aaron Mostaledi stood in front of his nation’s parliament to deliver his annual

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