How to Transform Sanitation Access for Women and Girls in Vietnam

By Alena Sims, Communications Associate, MCSD, PSI In rural Vietnam, 30% of families lack access to sanitation facilities that meet basic hygiene standards. The lack of access to sanitation disproportionately affects women and girls, who face numerous adverse health effects and safety risks as a result. To address this issue, PSI Vietnam, with support from

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World Toilet Day

How Building Toilets Ensures Dignity and Health for Women and Girls

Each year, over a million children around the world die from diarrheal and other diseases associated with unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene practices. This World Toilet Day, read below for one example of how PSI and its partners are joining together to give girls and women access to a basic human right to

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PSI Markets an Easy, DIY Vaccine Against Diarrheal Disease in Vietnam

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI Imagine a cost effective “do it yourself vaccine” that can protect millions against infections saving countless lives. Well, we already have it — handwashing with soap. However, despite an easy solution, barriers exist to getting individuals to wash their hands with soap. In some places, soap is not easily

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Honoring our Health Workers on World Health Day

Around the world today, many of our friends and colleagues are celebrating World Health Day. The day marks the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) First World Health Assembly, which was held on April 7, 1948. Each year, the WHO chooses a theme for the day — this year it’s Food Safety — and

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Southeast Asia: Rising Resistance Against Malaria

By Deputy Editor Tom Murphy

The development of artemisinin-based drugs to treat malaria proved to be one of the most important advancements in stopping malaria.  Malaria deaths are down from 1 million in 2000 to 650,000 in 2010 due in part to medical advancements, greater coverage of insecticide treated bed nets and improved coordination.  However, evidence of resistance to artemisinin-based drugs is popping up in southeast Asia.

What further complicates the problem is the location of the resistance. Experts are observing resistance on the Thai border with Myanmar and Cambodia as well as in Vietnam. “Resistance to chloroquine and pyrimethamine started here,” said Arjen Dondorp, director of malaria research at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, to NPR. “Those two were very important drugs until recently. Very cheap, good drugs. We’ve lost them to resistance, especially here in the region. And then it has spread from here to the rest of the world.”

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The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Women and Girls in Asia

A comprehensive study on the socio-economic impact of HIV at the household level in Asia was carried out by UNDP. The findings found that the “the region has been the inadequate efforts to mitigate the social and economic impact of the epidemic on people living with HIV, and their households.” Most notable of the findings were the impact that HIV had on women and girls. The study found:

– Female-headed (non-widowed) HIV-affected households (HIV-HHs) in Cambodia and Indonesia were less likely to own their home than maleheaded (non-widowed) HIV-HHs. They were also less likely to own a motor-vehicle, and in Indonesia, less likely to own a non-motor vehicle.

– Female-headed HIV-HHs in Indonesia were more likely to be in debt than male-headed HIV-HHs.

– The majority of female widows in HIV-HHs in Indonesia and Viet Nam reported being denied a share in their deceased husband’s property and assets. In India, the overwhelming majority (79%) of widows living with HIV were denied such rights.

– Across the region, girls in HIV-HHs were the least likely to be attending school, and the most likely to have dropped-out.

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How Peer Educators Serve on the Front Lines of Global Health

 Madhura Bhat is Associate Manager, Corporate Marketing, for PSI in Washington.

I recently returned from an inspirational trip to Rwanda. I say inspirational, because it impressed upon me the work that PSI does and the impact our programs have in the communities we serve. It also reminded me of two peer educators I met from our Vietnam program, Huong and Cuong who shared with me their stories of empowerment and hope.  They worked diligently to motivate their communities to fight HIV. In doing this work, they found fulfillment, confidence and hope for themselves and their families. Their video stories are below.

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Healthy Dose April 28, 2011

Top Story11 Rebels Killed by NATO Air Strike in Misrata CNN reports that, according to witnesses, 11 rebels have been killed in Misrata, Libya due to NATO air strikes. Angry survivors told Marie Colvin of The Sunday Times that they and the victims were on the coast, east of a steel plant, when a NATO

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