There’s No Place Like Home (for Receiving Healthcare)

by Stasia Obremskey, Maverick Collective Member The toddler peaked around the corner to gaze at the strange women sitting with his mother in the unfinished room of his house. His father sat in the adjacent room watching a local soccer match on TV. The toddler went back and forth between the two rooms, as his

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The Condom with the Most Studs in the World

By Jenny Tolep, External Relations and Communications Is there such thing as a perfect condom? The type of condom that’s effective, yet comfortable? One that adds excitement instead of interrupting the heat-of-the-moment? A recently published Slate article suggested why improvements must be made to the modern-day condom: In the 2010 National Survey of Sexual Health

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Listen, Learn, Tinker, Repeat

How to design better solutions for ‘The Poor’

By Iulian Circo, Country Representative, PSI Mozambique A lot of my work at PSI Mozambique as well as with Movercado has to do with providing market-based solutions for under-served people (the “Bottom of Pyramid”) and making sure these solutions actually get there and get used. Harder than it sounds. But I love it. You approach “the poor”

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Community Networks Changing Lives in Mozambique

Lynne Featherstone meets distributors and sellers of health products, including star seller (right) who has been able to start building her house. (Credit: Julia Smith/DFID)

A visit to PSI Mozambique with  Lynne Featherstone, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development. Originally posted on the DFID Blog.

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Community Empowerment in Mozambique through Integrated Systems Stregenthening

IMG_3177Mozambique’s Nampula Province is the largest in the country and home to some 3.8 million people. A 2008 study found that it had the highest maternal mortality rate and the second highest child under-nutrition rate in the country. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) set out to launch a new program that would tackle these challenges and more in the province.

Strengthening Communities through Integrated Programming (SCIP) Project (2009–2014) is funded by PEPFAR and USAID Mozambique. Operating with a budget of over US$ 47 million, the project delivers an integrated package of health and development interventions in 14 districts of Nampula Province.

Pathfinder leads this integrated project in partnership with Population Services InternationalWorld ReliefCARE, and CLUSA. PSI  focuses on areas such as the  VCT (community counseling and testing for HIV, home based delivery of Positive Prevention and full support of retention of People living with HIV in the health system) production of all IEC material related to the program (fully adequate to the local norms and culture – contents and visual), behavior change communication (participative approaches at community level to work on the main barriers existing to the behavioral objectives SCIP is promoting), Community Radios programming and Theater groups technical support.

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mHealth Increasing Vaccine Deliver in Mozambique

VillageReach has been employing mobile health technologies for over a decade in Mozambique. The initiative seeks to “ensure prompt and universal access to vaccines and related medical supplies in Mozambique.” The model used by VillageReach  is currently used in 251 health centers across the country that reaches an estimated 5.2 million people. This short video from the Gates Foundation shows how VillageReach is transforming lives through its services and innovations.

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Video: Mozambique Youth Seeks to 'Reclaim the Condom'

A young sexual health councilor named Sheila Manjate in Maputo wants to reclaim how condoms are sold and marketed. She believes that condoms should be sold as contraceptives and made appealing to youth. Watch her story above.

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Healthy Dose September 29, 2011

Top StoryTyphoon Nesat Leaves Damage and Health Concerns in Philippines The likelihood of water-borne disease outbreaks is high in areas in Philippines recently devastated by Typhoon Nesat. IRIN reports: “In coordination with the Health Department, we have deployed emergency management service personnel to supervise sanitation and other issues, including drinking water and distribution of medicines,”

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How to explain PSI’s work in 2 hours to a mixed group of politicians?

The following post is by Raquiana Mafuca and Rafael Nzucule from PSI/Mozambique. On the 23rd of August, a delegation of 8 Dutch Parliamentarians visited Mozambique to familiarize themselves with activities their government is funding. It was a mixed lot, with very different backgrounds spanning the very diverse political spectrum of that country. We were asked

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Preventing Mother to Child Transmission in Mozambique

NPR continues its summer series on the state of health in Mozambique. In the latest episode, people living with and treated for HIV and AIDS are featured. She says the AIDS epidemic has reversed the steady progress Mozambique had made in reducing child mortality. “In the last 10 years in Gaza, the impact of this

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Healthy Dose June 28, 2011

Top StoryStudy: Restricted Prenatal Diet Can Lead to Diabetes in Children Researchers have found that the diet of a pregnant mother can impact the likelihood of a child developing diabetes later in life. Scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center have recently shown in baboons what has long been observed in rodents and

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Rethinking Condom Branding

Activist Sheila Manjate has taken a newer spin on increasing the use of condoms among the youth of Mozambique. By branding condoms as contraceptives rather than barriers to STDs, Manjate believes that people will see their use as an active decision to prevent unwanted pregnancies rather than appearing to not trust a partner’s health by

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