A New Contraceptive Gives Women More Power to Decide

A new type of contraceptive product – subcutaneous injectables, widely known by Pfizer’s brand name Sayana® Press – can be safely and easily administered by community health workers and through home- and self-injection where authorized. Sayana® Press has the potential to bring more options for contraception closer to consumers, giving consumers the power to decide

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Who Decides about Family Planning in Niger? The Imam, the Parents, or the Wallet?

By Nicole Ippoliti and Sarah Fathallah, YLabs The piece below originally appeared on YLab’s blog. YLabs is a partner of PSI on Transform/PHARE, a USAID-funded five-year project that introduced innovative practices from marketing, advertising, human-centered design and behavioral economics to strengthen health-related behavior change programming. The project generated evidence-based and targeted social and behavior change communication strategies to

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Contraception Game Changers

By Ann Morris, Member, Maverick Collective In Kenya, more than half of women who want contraception have access to it. But in places like Kilifi on the eastern coast, “Mwenye Syndrome”— the belief that a husband “owns” his wife — keeps many women from accessing the family planning they desire. But across the country, it’s women volunteers,

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Why are Kenyan Women Suffering from ‘Mwenye Syndrome’?

By Ann Morris, Member, Maverick Collective Bamba, Kenya – Zippora Masha invites her guests into her spacious mud-walled home, where educational posters, brought home by her husband, a teacher, line the walls. Her oldest daughter, 5, is at school, but her youngest, a healthy, chubby toddler, snoozes on her hip. Although her own education ended

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This Mom Outsourced the ‘Sex’ Talk: Here’s What Happened

Doreen’s mom didn’t tell her why she was handing her an invitation a few days earlier. It caught the teen’s attention though: It was yellow with a bright green pineapple printed on it. Doreen’s mom Alice had visited the clinic on Tuesday — along with 20 other mothers. Alice heard that she could invite Doreen

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Introducing PSI’s New Counseling Prototype, the Choice Book

By Laura Glish, Reproductive Health Technical Advisor, PSI PSI technical experts on reproductive health recently introduced a new contraceptive counselling prototype. Read more about what makes it different and effective: Access to contraception is key to securing the wellbeing and autonomy of women and girls. Yet in many regions of the world, large numbers of

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Family Planning is Tired: Tanzanian Teens Want Straight Talk About Contraception

“My boyfriend?” Afsa giggles… “His name is Ramo.” Afsa, 16,  has been with Ramo for three years. “He works at the supermarket.” Although slight in stature, Afsa’s confidence booms. “I want to be a soldier,” she says as she punches the air. “I can run fast.” Afsa is at PSI Tanzania’s pop up workshop, Kuwa

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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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TakeCare GiveCare with PRJKT RUBY

For every US-based sale made with the low-cost birth control provider PRJKT RUBY a donation is made to support access to contraception in a developing country. November 2, 2017- While taking care of their own reproductive health, women can now give care to others in need. Today, online birth control provider PRJKT RUBY is formally

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What Do Adolescent Girls Think About Contraceptives?

The piece below originally appeared on the A360 Learning Hub. Do I fit in? Does that boy like me? Am I in trouble with my parents? How do I achieve my dreams? What do my friends think of me? How does the future compare to what’s happening right now? Adolescent girls everywhere have a lot

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What do Pineapples Have to do with Teens and Contraceptives?

“Pineapples are special!” Cathreen Bukuku, one of PSI-Tanzania’s innovation coordinators, exclaimed as she held one of the spikey fruits out in front of her. She was at the private Arafa Ugweno Health Facility in Dar es Salaam, speaking to a room overflowing with teen girls who listened, captivated. “They stand tall—they are proud! They wear

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FPwatch: Getting the Full Picture on the Contraceptive Market

By Danielle Garfinkel, FPwatch Communications Fellow, PSI It’s no easy feat to enable an additional 120 million women and girls to use contraceptives. Since 2012, nearly 40 countries have made a commitment to do just that through FP2020, a global movement to expand access to family planning.  Yet, progress at the country-level has varied ­—

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