Young Moms Know Best

by Caitlin Heising, Philanthropist & Founding Member of Maverick Collective Caitlin Heising is a member of Maverick Collective, an initiative of PSI. Maverick Collective members partner on PSI programs to tackle critical challenges faced by women and girls across the globe, developing innovative projects and game-changing interventions. Members work shoulder to shoulder with a global community

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Gestational Diabetes

PSI Short Film to be Featured in Women Deliver’s Cinema Corner

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI On International Women’s Day 2016, Women Deliver announced the films that have been invited to screen at the 2016 Arts and Cinema Corner, a special feature of the Women Deliver 2016 Global Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Supporting Women Deliver’s message of improving the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women, the selected

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Healthy Mothers and Babies through Screening and Management of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Nicaragua

By Guadalupe Canales Reñazco, Executive Director PASMO Nicaragua, and Rebecca Firestone, Senior Research Advisor PSI “When I realized I was pregnant, I was so happy,” says Yahaira, a first-time mother in Managua, Nicaragua. “I said, ‘At last I will be a mom.” At the beginning of pregnancy, Yahaira learned that she had maternity-induced hypertension and

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What ‘Prosperity with Equity’ Really Looks like in Central America

By Alejandra Cabrera, PASMO Strategic Information Manager and Anna Dirksen, PSI Consultant The 7th Summit of the Americas kicks off tomorrow and all eyes are on Panama, where the meeting takes place. Mostof those watching will likely be focused on the return of Cuba to the hemispheric forum and the meeting of US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.  But the

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What does an ID card have to do with HIV prevention?


Marisela says that she is nineteen and has been a sex worker for two weeks. She is one of seven sex workers participating in a combination prevention activity conducted by PASMO Nicaragua in a brothel behind a market in Managua. Mynor, a PASMO community outreach worker, is leading a group discussion activity with the women. As part of the combination prevention approach, PASMO outreach workers throughout the region make sure to not only discuss sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing, and condom use, but also other structural factors that affect HIV prevention, such as violence, drug or alcohol abuse, and human rights. Since Mynor has already made several contacts, he refers the women to someone at the local police station. “If you need to report a crime or a violation of your rights, you can speak to Officer Martínez”, he says.

Marisela, who had been quiet up to this point, finally speaks up and asks whether she can report her brother who is physically abusive. He has been taking care of her two year old son since her mother passed away three months ago, but he is threatening to take him away and demanding she give him money for the baby’s expenses. “I couldn’t find a job”, she says, “So I ended up working here. If a client offered me more money to not use a condom, I would do it”. Despite the figures that show that over 90% of sex workers report using a condom with their client, when structural factors such as domestic violence are finally addressed under a combination prevention approach, Marisela’s story becomes increasingly common.

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Reducing the burden of diabetes in Nicaragua one expectant mother at a time

By Kristin Saucier

In Nicaragua, where diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death among women, 1 out of every 10 adults suffers from the disease. Although type II diabetes is the most prevalent form of the disease, gestational diabetes is an increasingly worrying problem. Not only does gestational diabetes present a number of health risks for the mother and child during pregnancy and labor, but it also significantly increases both the mother’s and child’s risk of developing type II diabetes in the future. Despite the serious health concerns that gestational diabetes presents, screening and detection of the disease in Nicaragua is uncommon, in part due to a lack of training among health care workers, poor resource management, and limited supplies for diagnosis and treatment. Widespread myths and misconceptions about gestational diabetes further impede proper management of the disease.

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A Rotavirus Vaccine’s Journey

Via the One Campaign, an incredible video of a vaccine’s journey, from manufacture to a child in Nicaragua. Living Proof | A Rotavirus Vaccine’s Journey from ONE Campaign on Vimeo.

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