Why Youth-Friendly Health Services Matter

by Jessica Salama, Associate Program Manager, Global Marketing, PSI 1.2 billion adolescents are reaching their reproductive years, and most don’t have access to modern contraception. That’s a big number, but it’s not our greatest challenge. The real challenge we’re facing is a lack of empathy in program design. PSI is working to address this as

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Thank You, Mama Maria

By Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers This piece originally ran on Huffington Post. The article takes a look at how a midwife working for PACE, PSI’s network member in Uganda, is fighting one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world. Growing up, Mary Gorret Musoke, later nicknamed “Mama Maria,” was the only girl in

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Listening to Young Ugandans Reveals 4 Key Insights about Sex

By Nargis Shirazi Baguma, Youth Communications Coordinator, PACE Uganda In August 2016, with an investment from the Pfizer Foundation, PACE, PSI’s network member in Uganda, gathered 13 young people (ages 15-24) from various backgrounds and communities to discuss their concerns about the sexual and reproductive health of youth in their communities. The group participated in

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4 Social Enterprises You Should Know About

By Sandy Garçon, Communications Manager, PSI Over the past several years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of social enterprises – for-profit ventures with social objectives at their core – working to solve some of the world’s most pressing needs. These social enterprises often work in areas where the state is not able

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Voices From the Field: How Samosas Helped a Ugandan Mother Find Family Planning

By Shallon Rwecurenga, Area Program Officer, Eastern Region Seated at her workplace — a small metallic container that is rather hot with a mud floor and soot-covered walls — Grace goes about her usual business of making vegetable samosas, which she sells for a living. Grace, a middle aged mother of 13-year-old Victo and 4-year-old

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Mama Angel

Worth a Follow: Merck for Mothers

By Etiti Ayeni, Digital Marketing Consultant, PSI PSI likes to give shout-outs to our partners, peer organizations, and global health influencers working everyday to make good health a reality for men, women and children around the world. One of our partners, Merck for Mothers, promotes the health and well-being of mothers through private sector quality, accessibility and affordability

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How Wi-Fi Access can Improve Healthcare in Uganda

By Christopher Olayinka Meraiyebu, Behavior Change Specialist & Fellow, PACE, and Maria Dieter, Communications Assistant, PSI According to the UN, 57% of the world’s population remains offline. In an effort to boost Wi-Fi access in the city of Kampala, Uganda, Google began laying down thousands of kilometers of fiber cables in 2013 as a pilot

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Interpersonal Communicators Working to Educate Communities on Family Planning

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies  Last week we introduced you to a clinic owner in Uganda, who is supported by PSI network member PACE. Clinic owners also sometimes use interpersonal communicators (IPCs) to reach women in villages and educate them on the services offered. Today we highlight

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Maternal Health Stories

Creating an “Uber” Motorcycle Service in Uganda to Get Expectant Mothers to the Clinic

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies   On Tuesday, we introduced you to Jane Mpanga, who runs the Good Samaritian clinic in Kampala, Uganda, with support from PSI network member PACE. Today we highlight how motorcycle taxi drivers are helping her patients get the care they need. Naboth is 25-year-olds,

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Social Franchising Helps a Midwife Provide more Expectant Mothers in Uganda with Quality Care

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies   If juggling multiple tasks were an Olympic sport, Jane Mpanga would have a gold medal. At the Good Samaritan Clinic in Kampala, Uganda, which she owns and runs, Jane checks in on patients, talks with her community outreach workers, reviews lab reports

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From Pharmacists to Warehouses, PACE is Improving the Health of Women in Uganda

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies   Too often in Uganda, the basic essentials that women need to stay are in short supply. Women trying to access affordable essential medicines, contraception and clean birthing kits are often met with “We’ve sold out.” Kareem used to have to say that to

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Health Workers in Uganda Take Family Planning to the Next Level

By Kaylin Fabian, Online Fundraising and Communications Coordinator, PSI “Every time Ana sees me, she gives me free bananas.” That’s how one Ugandan woman thanks Huston Bireetwa for helping her learn about-and get-family planning. Huston says, “Ana gave birth every year, though she and her husband were very poor. When her kids were old enough, they

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