Breaking Taboos in Congo

By Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies for PSI If you want to find Helene, go to the community center in her neighborhood. That’s where she spends most of her afternoons and weekends. Wearing smart glasses, a sharp blazer and a genuine smile, Helene goes from room to room, greeting teens and doing what teens do

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Cloudy with a Little Chance of Pregnancy

PSI-Trained Health Workers Brave Elements to Educate Women

By Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies It’s cloudy and the still air is threatening a downpour. M.J. – the health worker who minutes earlier entertained and educated 50 women about family planning at the Centre De Sante Bomoi clinic – looks up at the sky. “This is the hardest thing,” she says. “We go to

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Finding Her Voice: Young Woman Challenges Stigma

By Kaylin Fabian, Online Fundraising Coordinator, PSI “It’s not easy for people to talk about… sex,” Cynthia Amina blurts out. Cynthia had been struggling to find words to summarize the five-day training she just completed on youth sexuality and reproductive health. In her hesitation to even say the word, Cynthia, an 18-year-old student and  community

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Telling Our Nutrition Story through the Eyes of the Beneficiaries

By Mathias Pollock, Technical Advisor Malaria and Child Survival, PSI In 2013, PSI Madagascar and UNICEF began implementing a two-year pilot project to introduce Zaza Tomady, a micronutrient powder (MNP), through its Top Réseau social franchise clinics and the community health workers associated with them. MNP’s are packets containing essential vitamins and minerals that can

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Interpersonal Communicators Working to Educate Communities on Family Planning

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies  Last week we introduced you to a clinic owner in Uganda, who is supported by PSI network member PACE. Clinic owners also sometimes use interpersonal communicators (IPCs) to reach women in villages and educate them on the services offered. Today we highlight

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Maternal Health Stories

Creating an “Uber” Motorcycle Service in Uganda to Get Expectant Mothers to the Clinic

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies   On Tuesday, we introduced you to Jane Mpanga, who runs the Good Samaritian clinic in Kampala, Uganda, with support from PSI network member PACE. Today we highlight how motorcycle taxi drivers are helping her patients get the care they need. Naboth is 25-year-olds,

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PACE midwife Profam

Social Franchising Helps a Midwife Provide more Expectant Mothers in Uganda with Quality Care

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies   If juggling multiple tasks were an Olympic sport, Jane Mpanga would have a gold medal. At the Good Samaritan Clinic in Kampala, Uganda, which she owns and runs, Jane checks in on patients, talks with her community outreach workers, reviews lab reports

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