PSI and Pfizer Partner to Address Hypertension in Vietnam and Myanmar

WASHINGTON, DC. April 20, 2017. The international nonprofit organization Population Services International (PSI) and the biopharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced Healthy Communities, a US $1 million collaboration to expand access to life-saving hypertension medicines and treatment services in Myanmar and Vietnam. Approximately one-quarter of all adults in Myanmar and Vietnam have hypertension, which

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Five Ways to Make Social Media Work for Health

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 are

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Breaking the Silence: How We Can Empower Women to Address Violence in Myanmar

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.

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Flood in Myanmar

Floods in Myanmar

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 flooding

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3 Take-Aways from the World Social Marketing Conference

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 could

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Honoring our Health Workers on World Health Day

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 — and

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Sunny Smiles in Myanmar

Photo of the Week

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 rely

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5 mHealth Solutions that Bridge the Gap between Innovative Technology and Consumer Adoption

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 that

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Can too many Free and Subsidized Condoms Actually Harm Markets?

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 social

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Expecting Mothers Among the First to Benefit from Broader Cellphone Access in Myanmar

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, called

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A Public-Private Partnership for 70,000 Healthier Smiles in Myanmar

On Feb. 27, 2014 in North Okkalapa Township, outside of Yangon, where USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah attended a demonstration of how P&G's water purifying packet can make undrinkable water clean and clear in just 20 minutes.

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.

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Myanmar's Health Systems at Critical Point

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.

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