HIV Cyber-Educators Meet Hidden Populations Where They Are

By Paola Chavez-Zurita and Emma Halper, PSI Edited by Alejandra Cabrera, PASMO Marcos Rodas loves social media. And he’s certainly not alone. As a young Guatemalan, Marcos is one of 102 million Facebook users in Central America and Mexico, a region where 59 percent of internet users have active social media accounts. Central America is

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Peace of Mind in a Kit

How Expectant Mothers in Guatemala Stay Zika-free

By Alejandra Cabrera, Strategic Information Manager, PASMO/PSI Marilin Gómez stepped out of the examination room wearing a loose-fitting blouse and a shy smile. The slender 19-year old was halfway through the second trimester of her first pregnancy. Marilin is at ease with the idea of motherhood, but is worried about her baby’s health. “My biggest

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A Sustainable Way to Expand Access to LARCs

By Andrea Mooney, Communications and Knowledge Management Advisor, SIFPO2, PSI With USAID assistance, PSI’s SIFPO2 project recently welcomed implementing partners, donors and family planning experts from around the world to a technical consultation in Washington, DC, to discuss how task sharing can increase access to voluntary long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) and permanent methods of family

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Is (Social) Enterprise the Future?

By Abigail Winskell, PSI What is a social enterprise? Profit for purpose or the double bottom line of impact and money? Applying commercial practices to deliver positive social impact? A for-profit entity with a strong focus on delivering social impact? Or simply an opportunity for non-profit organizations to diversify their funding for increased health impact? All

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Healthy Mother Kits Help Protect Expectant Moms from Zika in Honduras

PSI’s partner in Latin America, the Pan American Social Marketing Association (PASMO), recently delivered 7,812 Zika prevention kits to the Honduran Secretariat of Health (SESAL) to help pregnant women protect themselves from the Zika virus. The kits, part of PASMO´s “Mamá Segura” regional Zika campaign, contain educational material, insect repellent and latex condoms to help

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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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HIV findings

5 Unexpected Findings for Preventing and Treating HIV in Hidden Populations

By Alejandra Cabrera, PASMO, Strategic Information Manager A new hub, found at, offers the data and lessons learned from the USAID Combination Prevention Program for HIV in Central America, a five-year program funded by USAID and implemented by PSI’s network member, the Pan-American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO). The Program aims to reduce HIV transmission

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Honduran Youth

Youth in Crisis in Central America’s Northern Triangle

By Rena Greifinger, Technical Advisor, PSI and Katie Anfinson, Associate Program Manager, PASMO “We are more than statistics!” These were the passionate words of one young Honduran activist on Thursday at the end of a landmark, two-day conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, that brought to light two of the most devastating epidemics in Central America – widespread

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Guatemala Family Planning

How to Empower Women to Demand Family Planning Options

By Maria Dieter, Communications Assistant Every person has a right to family planning. But effective family planning requires bottom-up engagement. In other words, local populations have to feel empowered enough to ask for family planning options and demand access – regardless of class, caste or creed. Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO), PSI’s network member

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PASMO Guatemala

Joining Together to End Violence Against Women in Guatemala

By Samantha Kerr, Associate Program Manager, LAC In Guatemala, it’s dangerous to be a woman. Guatemala has one of the highest rates of gender-motivated murder of women in the world and struggles with a pervasive, silent epidemic of gender-based violence (GBV). Encompassing many forms of violence based on the imbalance of power between men and

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Guatemala, Family Planning, Central America,

PASMO Increases Access to Family Planning in Guatemala

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By Jenny Tolep, External Relations & Communications “Each child is beautiful,” says Ingrid, a mother in Guatemala City. “But when one gets sick, sometimes you don’t have what you need to take care of them. Sometimes there’s not even enough bread or water to give them.” With seven children already, Ingrid could not provide for

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