By Perrie Briskin, Communications Manager for Digital Media, PSI/Myanmar Marketing can sometimes feel like throwing darts in the dark. Is it the commercial or promotional umbrella that drives sales, or do they work in concert? Commercial brands with infinite marketing dollars can afford a thousand darts. PSI doesn’t have this luxury. Social marketing dollars areRead More ›
By Barbara Jones, philanthropist and civic leader Barbara Jones, founding member of philanthropic and advocacy initiative Maverick Collective, reflects on the state of gender-based violence in Myanmar and her recent visit to the country with PSI. Imagine feeling like you don’t own your body. You can’t speak up or come and go as you please.Read More ›
PSI employees provide disaster relief in Myanmar by distributing household water treatment products.
By Sara Gallo, PSI/Myanmar The PSI Myanmar office is often considered a big family, and with the recent floods this became a reality as employees worked as a team around-the-clock to deliver water purification supplies to affected communities. Rain poured over the north and western states of the country starting on Friday, July 31 floodingRead More ›
By Anabel Gomez, PSI Global Social Marketing Advisor Considered a leading organization in social marketing, PSI presented multiple abstracts at the World Social Marketing conference in Sydney, Australia, earlier this month. In addition, plenty of lessons came from peer organizations, governments and marketing firms throughout the world. Here are three not-to-miss campaigns that PSI couldRead More ›
Around the world today, many of our friends and colleagues are celebrating World Health Day. The day marks the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) First World Health Assembly, which was held on April 7, 1948. Each year, the WHO chooses a theme for the day — this year it’s Food Safety — andRead More ›
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By Jenny Tolep Eager to squeeze into a photo, a group of children wait outside a local health clinic outside of Yangon, Myanmar. This clinic is part of PSI/Myanmar’s Sun Quality Health network of franchised health centers which provides quality services and products to low income communities. In Myanmar, and many developing countries, people relyRead More ›
By Minal Bopaiah A recent JAMA article examining the accuracy of wearable devices highlights an underlying problem that pervades much of the health industry: adoption. The article authors discuss how pedometers have seen low adoption by consumers, even though studies have shown that these devices do help with health goals. Yet, the wearable devices thatRead More ›
By Kim Longfield and Dana Sievers In Myanmar, sexual encounters are the most common mode of HIV transmission, causing the epidemic to concentrate among key populations such as female sex workers (FSW) and their male clients (MC), as well as men who have sex with men (MSM). Since 1996, PSI/Myanmar has targeted its condom socialRead More ›
Myanmar was seen as the last frontier in mobile communications until recently when the government opened its doors to foreign telecommunications firms. One of its largest contractors, mobile network Ooredoo, has partnered with PSI and KoeKoe, a Myanmar tech-startup, to target pregnant women, their partners and family, and young parents in the Southeast Asian country. The mobile phone app, calledRead More ›
Through providing increased access to safe water treatment products and promoting hand-washing with soap at critical times, the partnership between Procter & Gamble, USAID, and PSI seeks to prevent diarrhea among approximately 70,000 children under five in Myanmar, thereby reducing the number of preventable deaths. Diarrhea is the second major cause of death among children under five, following pneumonia, which can also be reduced significantly by improving hand-washing practices.Read More ›
Myanmar, as it undergoes its democratic transition, now is seeing changes in its health systems. Reporter Julie Turkewitz recently traveled to Myanmar to look at the problems the country faces in its efforts to improve its child health outcomes. She reports for the GlobalPost:
The high rate of child death in Myanmar is among the most painful legacies left by the military dictatorship that ran the country from 1962 to 2011. During that time a corrupt and brutal junta shifted the country’s abundant resources to military spending and military industry rather than investing in a progressive health care system. In the years following World War II, Myanmar had the best health care system in Southeast Asia. Today, one in 15 children in Myanmar will not live to see his or her fifth birthday, according to UN data — the highest under-5 death rate the region. Between 56,000 and 70,000 children die here every year, largely of preventable causes.
The government in Myanmar realizes it has a problem that can have a major impact on its people and its reviving economy.Read More ›
By May Sudhinaraset , PhD. This post is a part of the recent PSI report “Private Sector Healthcare in Myanmar: Evidence from the ‘Sun’ Social Franchise.” See the full series here.
The Sun Quality Health (SQH) social franchise program networks private clinicians, with the goal of serving low-income populations in urban and peri-urban areas across Myanmar. A study published in 2013 by Montagu and colleagues found that the population served in SQH clinics reflects the poorest populations in urban Myanmar. In rural areas, no difference in socioeconomic status, as defined by asset wealth scores, existed between the general population and SQH clinics.
The TB prevalence rate is higher in urban areas compared to rural areas, and thus more case detection activities are in place to target urban patients. SQH providers expanded their services to include TB diagnosis and treatment in 2004, and people come in to the SQH system in a number of ways: through word-of-mouth, community education campaigns, and referrals. Other activities include community-based TB screening events and incentive schemes to promote referrals from local drug sellers and others to the franchise network.Read More ›