PSI Case Studies Complement Learnings at the World Social Marketing Conference

By Dana Sievers, Research Coordinator, PSI Over the next two days, social marketers and behavior change professionals from around the globe will convene at the 2017 World Social Marketing Conference (WSMC) to share lessons learned and best practices for solving the world’s most pressing social issues. A key highlight at this year’s gathering is the

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Where Next for Social Franchising?

By Anna Gerrard, PSI A couple of weeks ago, in a remote corner of New Hampshire, a small group of like-minded people met to discuss social franchising. The University of New Hampshire and the International Franchise Association brought together people from many diverse areas, such as the health sector, agri-business and water sectors with a

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Doing Development Differently, Again.

By Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, Population Services International PSI was founded in 1970 to “do development differently.”  We worked in a handful of countries to the market for health products and services and used marketing practices to reach people in need.  We embraced an unconventional blend of sales and pricing to make products and

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A Paradigm Shift for Tackling Extreme Poverty

By Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, Population Services International When girls and women earn, they spend 90% of their income on their families, while men spend between 30-40%. According to the Guttmacher Institute, if we were to meet the unmet need for contraception, we’d reduce unintended pregnancies by 70%, unsafe abortions by 74%, and reduce

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5 Free Online Courses Every Global Health Junkie should Take

By Anna Dirksen, PSI Consultant August is winding down and people in many parts of the world are gearing up for back-to-school season. For those interested in developing a basic understanding of global health or for professionals interested in brushing up on their skills this fall, there are a wide variety of online courses available

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Franchised Health Centers Help Mothers Provide for their Children

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By: Jenny Tolep, External Relations & Communications Every mother wants the best for her child and providing this is no easy task. In many developing countries, limited access to adequate health services and products can make this even more difficult. Each year, nearly 9 million children under five die from preventable causes, such as pneumonia,

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On the Path to End TB: How Social Franchising can Effectively Engage Private Practitioners

By Karl Hofmann, President & CEO, PSI and Mario Raviglione, Director of Global TB Programme, WHO “End TB!” Over the past 20 years, that rallying cry has gone from fantasy to imperative. Since the advent of the World Health Organization’s directly observed treatment strategy in 1995, more than 61 million people have been successfully treated for tuberculosis, and new

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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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A Response to Michael Gerson: Strengthening Tanzania’s Health Systems through ‘Social Franchising’ [Video]

By Minal Bopaiah While the importance of improving maternal and neonatal health is indisputable around the world, the “how” can be overwhelming at best and elusive at worst. Op-Ed columnist Michael Gerson highlights the complexity of the issue in Tanzania in a recent piece in The Washington Post: [N]ewborn and maternal mortality rates in Tanzania

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Franchising Means Opportunity for Social Good

Weekly buzz: Links we liked this week

With the 2nd Global Conference on Social Franchising for Health happening this week, we’re highlighting social franchising more than usual. Look forward to more next week as our colleagues return to the office and let us know what is in the future for franchising for global health. One group of people who might be especially interested in social

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All in the Familia: One Clinic Owner’s Role in Changing Tanzania

By Regina Moore, PSI I recently traveled to Tanzania with PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore and founder of Mom Blogger’s for Social Good Jennifer James to highlight the importance of health workers. Follow each day of the trip here, here and here. Dr. John Rukazibwa has a warm, welcoming demeanor. When I met him recently at his health clinic in

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