For the Greatest Social Return on Investment, Look to Women’s Health

By Meghan Ball, Associate Program Manager for Maverick Collective, PSI The excerpt below originally appeared in Philanthropy Impact Magazine. To read the full article, click here. Women and girls have finally arrived. After years in the making, women’s issues exploded onto the scene in 2016, inundating Twitter feeds, newspaper headlines and even presidential elections. Look

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How to Increase Access to Safe Abortion

Restrictive abortion laws and policies put women’s health in peril. Without access to safe abortion, women are forced to put their health and lives at risk when they decide whether or not to have a family. Each year, more than 22,000 women in the developing world die due to complications from unsafe abortion. See the

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From Pharmacists to Warehouses, PACE is Improving the Health of Women in Uganda

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI and Alia McKee, Sea Change Strategies   Too often in Uganda, the basic essentials that women need to stay are in short supply. Women trying to access affordable essential medicines, contraception and clean birthing kits are often met with “We’ve sold out.” Kareem used to have to say that to

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Attacks on Women’s Reproductive Health Facilities, Advances in Women’s Reproductive Health

By Karen Sommer Shalett Over the next two weeks Impact will post the top 12 global health moments of 2015 with commentary from experts. We want to hear your thoughts, too. So login and comment, share on social media and reflect on what has been a pretty interesting year for global health. While Planned Parenthood

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Violence Against Women: Global Crime, Global Solutions

Mandy Moore and Indrani Goradia Address Gender-based Violence on NDTV

Actress, singer-songwriter and PSI Global Ambassador Mandy Moore recently teamed up with Indrani Goradia, philanthropist and advocate for gender-based violence survivors, on the popular Indian talk show NDTV Dialogues to address gender-based violence and its burden on society.  Joining them in the segment, Violence Against Women: Global Crime, Global Solutions, were panelists, Lalitha Kumaramangalam, National

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Contraceptives for Women

Market Development for New Contraceptive Products

In PSI’s latest issue of Pulse, our digital quarterly report, we explore how smart innovation is feeding the pipeline for tomorrow’s health interventions around the globe — from teen centered programs actually created by teens to new ways to collect and analyze critical data to inform smarter decisions. Here’s a preview: How do you create a

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Global Financing Facility Launches in Addis Ababa

This week, private global development partners, NGOs, and world leaders met at the Third International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa to launch the Global Financing Facility (GFF). In support of Every Woman Every Child, GFF is a financing partnership that aspires to cease preventable deaths of women, adolescents and children by 2030. Here are several highlights and

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12 Women (and One Man) Who are Inspiring Change

To mark International Women’s Day this year, our partners at Marie Stopes compiled a list of 12 women and one man who’ve inspired change and helped to improve the lives of women either in their community or at a global level. Each day this week, they’ve revealed two names on the list, in the build up to International Women’s Day, which is coming up on Saturday, March 8.

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IUDs in the Eyes of Providers

IUD stands for intrauterine device. It’s a mouthful in English; now imagine trying to recommend using it in Nepalese, to a patient you’re not quite sure is eligible for it, and you’re not quite sure how manageable the side effects really are.

You’re probably not going to recommend it. That’s unfortunate because it’s safe enough for over 160 million women worldwide, can be as reliable as sterilization, has manageable side effects, and is completely reversible (source).

PSI recently did some research into the knowledge and perceptions of intrauterine devices among family planning providers in Nepal, publishing this research brief by Dr. Nirali Chakraborty, Caitlin Murphy, Mahesh Paudel, and Sriju Sharma.

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Endangering Women's Health by Banning Abortions


47,000 women die worldwide every year from unsafe abortions. That does not even include the many more who are injured by unsafe procedures. This infographic from the Guttmacher Institute quantifies the impact and damage caused by unsafe abortions performed in countries where it is illegal for a woman to get an abortion. The institute points out that the core issue is not abortions themselves, but access to family planning. Ensuring that women have the right to chose and the tools to prevent unintended pregnancy is the best way to reduce the need for abortion.

“The best way to reduce the need for abortion is not by denying women access to safe and legal abortion procedures, but by giving them the power to control their fertility and prevent unintended pregnancy,” says the institute.

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Generation Z Delivers For Women's Health

By Joy Marini, MS, PA-C, Director, Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson

A few days ago, my 17-year-old daughter asked for help on a school project about “Generation Z.” I Googled it immediately. Apparently, “Generation Z” describes those born at the tail end of the Millennial generation (approximately 1982-2002). They are the first generation to grow up with a computer in their home. They are reliant on technology to communicate and surveys indicate that they text and tweet as much as almost 80 times a day.

They also want to make a difference. When the first wave of Millennials became teens, volunteerism and community service surged.

As I write, I am at this year’s Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, the triennial gathering of the most committed leaders for the global health and empowerment of women and girls. This year’s conference includes something new and innovative that puts the strengths and spirit of the new generation to its best use: the 100 Young Leaders program.

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Join the Discussion on Breakthroughs in Global Women's Health

Women around the world continue to face an uneven playing field in education, employment, earnings and decision-making power. A World Bank report from 2012 presented evidence that ensuring that the world’s 3.5 billion women have equal opportunities can be global economic boon. The Seattle Chapter of the Society for International Development (SID) is partnering with the SID Washington, DC Chapter for a special bi-coastal event that will discuss the intersection between health and women’s economic empowerment. A video feed will link the audiences and two speakers in each location. PSI President and CEO Karl Hofmann is scheduled to join the conversation from Washington DC with other global health experts and activists.

Click below for further details on the event if you want to attend the even to see how global health initiatives are working together with increase economic opportunities to both improve the well being of and empower women.

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