Toilets Need a Market Too

by Laila Jewayni, Associate Program Manager, West & Central Africa, PSI Nearly 40% of the world’s population lacks access to toilets. The absence of adequate sanitation has a serious impact on health and social development. Children are particularly vulnerable to a range of health risks as a result of poor hygiene practices and low access

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3 Key Steps to Win Men’s Support for Family Planning

By Ashley Jackson, Technical Advisor, PSI Marketing is all about understanding your customer – their hopes and fears, expectations of your product, and more. But what happens when the customer needs the approval or money from someone else in order to access a product? In many countries, a leading reason for not using contraception is

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Hooked by a Love for Life this Father’s Day

By Mamadou Mbaye, ADEMAS BCC Advisor Father’s Day is fast approaching, which means it‘s time to celebrate all of the amazing fathers worldwide. In particular, PSI recognizes efforts made in Senegal, where there has been an incredible increase in male support for family planning. PSI has partnered with ADEMAS, providing technical assistance in a national

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Getting A New Contraception Option to Market: How Public-Private Partnerships Drive Innovation

By Minal Bopaiah, Communications Manager, PSI The modern Senegalese woman has it together. From raising children to owning a small business, ambition and poise are valued by Senegalese women, according to market research conducted by Ademas, a PSI network member, and its partners before the launch of a new contraceptive option called Sayana Press. This

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Imagining a World Without Contraception

In the lead up to next month’s London Summit of Family Planning, the Gates Foundation blog, in collaboration with Marie Stopes International, will publish a series of posts called “Imagine a world…” The goal is to bring forward information so that people in countries like the US and the UK can understand the challenges to family planning for many of the world’s women. They want, “To stop us taking it for granted for a moment, let’s think about what our lives might look like if our regular, reliable contraception suddenly became unavailable tomorrow morning, and we lived in a country – as so many women do – where abortion is not safe or legal.”

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Over the coming weeks, our Imagine a world … series of blogs will take you to Ghana, where our country director, Faustina Fynn Nyame, imagines a world where women are equal: a world where our work providing family planning to young people means the poorest girls from the north will no longer travel to the south to work as porters for wealthy families, become pregnant by their employer then be “discarded.”

Then Colette Ndoye, a midwife who works for us in Senegal, will help you imagine what life is like if you don’t know contraception even exists, much less how it works or where to get it.

Finally, Mukanga Sindazi, from our Zambia programme, imagines a world where contraception is available even in remote areas. If we could clone Mukanga many times over perhaps this would become reality: he and his outreach team deliver counselling and voluntary family planning to women who live in areas so remote that even after Mukanga has travelled for a whole day to set up his mobile clinic in their nearest village, the women still need to walk two hours there.

We hope you enjoy imagining with us over the next few weeks, and we look forward with you to the London Summit of Family Planning. We hope great things come out of it, which make a substantial dent in the great unmet need for contraception.

We will try to alert you to the latest posts through this blog, the Health DoseTwitter and Facebook. You can also follow along on the Impatient Optimists blog.

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Healthy Dose October 17, 2011

Top StoryDengue Outbreak in Western India A sharp rise in dengue and malaria cases in Ahmadebad, India has doctors worried. Times of India reports: Dr Bhavini Shah, director of pathology laboratory with wide network of sample collection from private hospitals in city, said that dengue cases have spiked in October. “In the past 15 days,

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Healthy Dose September 27, 2011

Top StoryNew York Times: Obstacles Prevent Scaling Up of Male Circumcision Campaigns The New York Times shows how male circumcision is one of the most effective and simple solutions in HIV reduction, but has so far been hard to implement. Pam Belluck reports: Dr. Stefano Bertozzi, director of H.I.V. and tuberculosis for the Bill and

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Healthy Dose August 12, 2011

Top StoryWHO: Somalia Now Faces a Cholera Epidemic  On top of drought, famine, measles and conflict, a cholera epidemic is taking hold in Somalia. From the Associated Press: World Health Organization officials say famine-hit Somalia faces a cholera epidemic as dirty water and poor sanitation are leading to an increase in outbreaks of the disease.

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Healthy Dose July 7, 2011

Top Story River Blindness Drug Can Be Used to Fight Malaria Too Ivermectin, a drug traditionally used to treat river blindness now appears to be an effective drug in the fight against malaria. Voice of America reports on the recent findings from researchers on trials in Senegal. In a field study done on malaria transmission

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Healthy Dose July 1, 2011

Top Story CDC Report: UN Compound Was Likely Source of Haiti Cholera Outbreak A report published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the CDC, has determined that UN peacekeepers from Nepal brought cholera to Haiti which lead to an outbreak last fall. Cases of cholera first emerged in central Haiti’s Artibonite River region in

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Healthy Dose April 22, 2011

Top StoryUS Predator Drone Strikes in Libya Approved After handing over full command to NATO, President Obama has now given the go for predator drone strikes of ground troops in Libya, reports Al-Jazeera. The first armed drone mission since Obama’s go-ahead was flown on Thursday, but the aircraft, armed with Hellfire missiles, turned back due

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