PSI in Transition

By Karl Hofmann, CEO, PSI  For the past 45 years, PSI has worked to improve the health of people throughout the world, mainly by making high-quality, affordable products and services available to people where and when they need them. Because of our deep, global roots, we have a good sense of how the health products

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See What’s Bold and New in Global Health

Check Out PSI Pulse

By Karl Hofmann, president & CEO, PSI (@KarlHofmannPSI) At PSI we are always asking the question: How can we do better? From sending maternal health messages via a mobile app, to exploring how to make toilets a sustainable business and affordable for families, to expanding the frontiers of self-testing for HIV, we are embracing innovation.

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Three Reasons to Invest in Healthy Lives

By Karl Hofmann Health — we shouldn’t take it for granted. PSI helps mothers and children survive the most serious health challenges they face – like a lack of access to family planning, or HIV and AIDS. And we stem the greatest threats to children under five, including malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition. Here are

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What’s Health Worth?

Every human life is priceless, but to provide a year of healthy life—the resources needed to make sure someone can go one year without fear of catching a preventable illness — that we can put a price on. Through PSI programs, all it takes is $35.54 to support a healthy life for a mother and child in

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Creating a Culture of Effective Philanthropy

By Charlie Bresler, The Life You Can Save The Life You Can Save (TLYCS) is an organization founded by the philosopher Peter Singer and based on the basic tenet of Effective Altruism: leading an ethical life involves using a portion of personal wealth and resources to efficiently alleviate the effects of extreme poverty. PSI is one of twelve

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14 Ways You’ve Helped Change Lives

By Margaret Cohen, PSI As we gather together with families and friends to give thanks, I’d like to express my gratitude by sharing 14 ways PSI has partnered with communities and donors to have an impact this year. We have a saying here at PSI: We go to difficult places and make people healthier. We don’t

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Polio Movement Celebrates Successes, Faces Setbacks

Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta shares his reflections on polio’s complex 2013. Dr. Bhutta is Founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health at Aga Khan University in Pakistan, and Co-Director of Research in Global Child Health at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

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Eighty Million Years

By Kim Longfield, Director of Research, PSI

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference. Held in New Haven, Conn., last week, the tenth edition of the gathering attracted more than 2,000 delegates and speakers from an array of disciplines: global health leaders like Jeffrey Sachs; investigative journalists like Michael Moss; influential bloggers like Seth Godin; and activists, entrepreneurs, academics, students, donors, and implementers.

It was the first time I’ve presented at this prestigious conference.

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Striking an Effective Balance


We know that a holistic approach can be better, more lasting, more comprehensive – and also often much, much harder. We also know that direct interventions to save and improve lives make attribution easier and often are the key to sustaining political support for what we are trying to do. The question becomes one of balance…

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Rethink your Role in Global Health

How you fund things, and how adequately you fund them, is a major determinant of success, says Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, a Washington-based think tank. Rolf Rosenkranz, editor at Devex, spoke with Glassman about financing global health.

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Insider look: GiveWell

The latest edition of Impact magazine seeks to uncover global health’s best investments, identify global health trends, and discuss barriers and solutions to scaling up promising interventions. Read the interview below from the issue,  find the rest of the articles from the magazine here, and continue the conversation on Twitter using#BestBuys4GH.

Impact: GiveWell is known for using the very clear and direct framework of ‘proven/cost-effective/scalable’ when evaluating charities for public health. With your initiative, GiveWell Labs, you’re moving into new territory with the evaluation of areas outside public health and less straightforward frameworks. What was the impetus for this change and what challenges are you experiencing?

GiveWell: When GiveWell started, its co-founders had no experience in the non-profit sector, so they decided to focus on programs whose impact is easiest to measure: interventions with strong formal evidence of effectiveness from high-quality studies, such as randomized controlled trials. Now that we’ve been using this approach for a long time, we’re eager to learn about opportunities that might have great impact even if they are harder to measure, which is what GiveWell Labs is designed to do.

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What are the Best Buys in Global Health for 2014?

IMG_5641For this issue of Impact magazine, Devex, Merck for Mothers and PATH joined PSI and a team of experts to uncover some of global health’s best investments. The answers were as complicated as they were interesting.

Inspired by a Devex survey of more than 1,000 health experts working in a variety of settings around the globe, we set out to identify global health trends, as well as barriers and solutions to scaling up promising interventions.

Our research suggests that as important as new technologies are for tackling entrenched and emerging health challenges, it is even more important to strengthen health systems in the developing world and build local capacity there. After all, it’s people who implement the innovations and health systems which drive impact.


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