Are You in the Market for Condoms?

By Sandy Garçon, External Relations and Communications Manager, PSI Valentine’s Day is not the only reason to celebrate February 14ththis year – it is also International Condom Day! Since its inception in 2009, International Condom Day is celebrated in conjunction with Valentine’s Day as an ideal opportunity to promote healthy relationships and to remind people

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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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Are we Leaving the Private Sector out of Health Systems Strengthening?

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Health system strengthening is widely recognized as the key to making progress toward the Millennium Development Goals and post-2015 successors. So it came as no surprise that development professionals who responded to the Devex survey identified it as a ‘best buy’ in global health. But to get the most out of this best buy, we should move beyond what is too narrow a definition of health system strengthening.

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A Vision for Sustainable Living

      Unilever CEO Paul Polman talks with PSI President & CEO Karl Hofmann about the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan and the changes he expects to see in corporate philanthropy moving forward. Karl Hofmann: I’m a big fan of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan and find it fascinating. What’s the overarching philosophy of the plan?

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Saving Lives, Growing Markets: The Power of Private-Public Partnerships

By Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, Population Services International. This originally appears in the CSR Wire blog.

Have you washed your hands today? Probably not enough.

In Washington, D.C., the consequences aren’t too severe. A few more colds and coughs than any of us wants or needs, but probably not much more than that. Elsewhere in the world, for billions of people, the consequences can be far more serious, absurdly serious. Even fatal.

Global Handwashing Day is a good occasion to remind us of the importance of this deceptively simple public health intervention. As Unilever’s Myriam Sidibe noted in her recent column, more than two million children lose their lives every year to preventable causes such as diarrhea and pneumonia – largely because they are not washing their hands.

As in so many other areas of global health, strong and targeted public-private partnerships can make a huge difference in addressing this challenge.

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Women and Sustainability: Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health at Rio+20

Women Deliver is collaborating with Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project to highlight the important role of women, youth, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in sustainable development at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.  This post originally appears on the Women Deliver blog.

The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLC) is a consortium of 16 former heads of state, policymakers, and other national leaders who, in collaboration with The Aspen Institute, who advocate for expanded access to reproductive health as a breakthrough strategy for lasting development and prosperity worldwide.

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) estimates, every year, approximately 287,000 girls and women die from pregnancy-related causes. Globally, 215 million women who want to avoid a pregnancy are not using an effective method of contraception, according the Guttmacher Institute. The GLC advocates that family planning is crucial to sustainable development. Research shows that if we were to meet women’s needs to plan the number and spacing of their pregnancies, population growth would slow and global carbon emissions would decrease by between 8-15 % – the equivalent of stopping all deforestation today.

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