Flashback: Condoms, Comedy and Trevor Noah

By Maria Dieter, Communications Assistant, PSI “Why do our condoms sound like vuvuzelas?” In 2014, that’s what South Africans were asking when their government-issued condoms weren’t making the grade. And how can condoms prevent HIV if no one wants to use them? Let’s flash back to September 2016, when comedian Trevor Noah explained how the South African

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Trump’s Policy Threatens Reproductive Rights of the Global Poor

The article below original appeared on The Life You Can Save’s blog.  The Life You Can Save‘s mission is to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty and to promote the concept of effective giving. The Life You Can Save believes that everyone should live free from preventable diseases such as malaria or

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When She Decides, It Changes Everything.

By Marshall Stowell, VP External Relations and Communications, PSI For almost 50 years, PSI has empowered women in the developing world to take control of their reproductive and sexual health, choosing when and if to start a family and how many children to have. In 2015, we helped nearly 4 million women avoid unintended pregnancy.

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Why Melinda Gates is Excited about Girls Helping Girls

By Taylor Vaught, Learning Advisor, Adolescents 360, PSI At PSI, we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about putting girls at the heart of our work. Melinda Gates is too, and we’re grateful to her for giving a shout out to one of our projects, Adolescents 360, in her recent article on Medium about why she’s excited

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Teen Support

Teens Supporting Teens for Better Sexual Health in Malawi

In PSI’s latest issue of Pulse, our digital quarterly report, we explore how smart innovation is feeding the pipeline for tomorrow’s health interventions around the globe — from teen centered programs actually created by teens to new ways to collect and analyze critical data to inform smarter decisions. Here’s a preview: How do you reach 10-24

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How do We Change Policy and Communities to get Youth Access to Long-Lasting Reversible Contraceptives?

How contraceptives—especially long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)—can improve the health and wellbeing of young women is a topic that presents tough questions. With USAID’s support,  PSI, FHI360, Pathfinder and its Evidence2Action Project, and Marie Stopes International recently held a symposium to tackle those questions head on, and chart a course forward to improve the sexual and

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Why Helping Mothers is Vital

Video by David Rochkind, shared with permission from CARE CARE recently brought a congressional delegation to Cambodia to highlight the great strides and continued obstacles in ensuring the health of mothers in developing countries. The group, which included Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX-12), Rep. Mike Quigley, (D-IL-05), Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL-04), and Former Assistant to President

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Team Orange

How PSI reinforces positive reproductive health messaging through branding, edutainment

By Jennifer James In Tanzania, orange has increasingly become the recognized color of family planning and reproductive health services. Population Services International’s orange Familia brand is quite common in most regions of this coastal country of 49 million. PSI, a global non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world, has

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Condoms in the office

Geeking out on Global Development

Five surprises from a day with PSI

Editor’s note: Earlier this year, PSI held a contest for an all-expense paid trip to Washington to spend a day with staff and field experts, learning about the organization’s work and its approaches to solving some of the world’s most health pressing problems. by Jennifer Iacovelli Barbour I recently had the honor of visiting a

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Acting Peace Corps Director visits ABMS’s Amour & Vie program


On March 17, Acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet visited the Association Béninoise pour le Marketing Social (ABMS), a member of the PSI network, to see firsthand the partnership between the Peace Corps and ABMS in Benin.

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Making Sure the Price is Right for IUDs

(Image credit: Flickr Joshua Ommen via CC BY-SA 2.0)

Some recent research from PSI looked into the willingness to pay for intra-uterine devices (IUDs), a key family-planning measure, in Madagascar.

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Sec State Kerry Welcomes International Family Planning Conference Attendees

US Secretary of State couldn’t make it to Addis Ababa for the International Family Planning Conference, but he did send along this recorded message. Watch him here and read what he said below:

Good afternoon. I’d like to welcome the thousands of you from governments around the world, NGOs, public and private organizations, and elsewhere, who are taking part in the third biennial International Family Planning Conference. I’m really sorry that I couldn’t be with you in person in Addis Ababa, but I want to tell you that, as both the U.S. Secretary of State and the father of two extraordinary young women, I am exceedingly grateful for your hard work and dedication to this cause. Millions of women, men, and children have better lives today thanks to the work that many of you have done for decades.

In 1994, when I was a U.S. Senator, I attended the historic International Conference on Population and Development. What was clear back then is still clear today: that challenges like reproductive health care and family planning are bigger than the political boxes that some try to force them into. These are basic human necessities that hundreds of millions of women are forced to go without. For some, it’s because they can’t afford or don’t have access to these services. For others, it’s because their husbands or their communities simply don’t support their use.

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