Our Impact This Year

As the decade comes to a close, PSI is taking the time to celebrate our impact over the past year. In 2020, we encourage you to join us in celebrating our 50th anniversary by continuing to engage with the stories of learning and success that we enjoy in our work. We’re excited for the 50 years to come!

A special thank you to our readers for your support this year—these were your top picks, by month!


In January we met Grethel, a young woman in Nicaragua who turned her teenage trauma into a career as an advocate.

From Terrified Teen to Adult Advocate


February brought us insights into the female condom market in southern Africa, and what PSI is doing to put the power of woman-controlled contraception in the hands of women who want it.

Why Aren’t Female Condom Markets Working?


On International Women’s Day, we introduced the #DareToDream dance challenge, and PSIers brought their best moves.

Do the #DareToDream Challenge


Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique in Spring 2019 and created one of the worst natural disasters in the country’s history. PSI COO Judi Heichelheim gave us her first-person account of the PSI Mozambique team’s heroic recovery efforts.

Reflections on Cyclone Idai


At the end of May, PSI released the 25th issue of Impact magazine in anticipation of the Women Deliver conference and celebrated what it means to put the power of healthcare in our clients’ hands.

Impact Magazine Issue 25


Summer brought us the results of the ECHO trial, which confirmed that there was no link between HIV infection and long-acting reversible contraception, despite long-standing concerns.

New Study Finds No Link Between HIV Infection and Contraceptive Methods


In July, PSI joined 150 organizations for the “Thriving Together” commitment, highlighting that access to contraception and the security of a healthy planet Earth are interdependent.

Contraception and the Environment Thrive Together


Check out August’s featured story of Eshe and Kofi, a couple in rural Ethiopia, who made a life-changing choice: school first, #BabyLater.

School First, #BabyLater


In September, PSI partner The Case for Her won the STHLM Tech Fest Hackathon in Stockholm’s City Hall with their self-help app, Lucy, which gives women and girls the knowledge they need to understand their bodies and their sexual health while breaking down shame and stigma around pleasure.

A Winning Hack for Women’s Pleasure


The PSI-led PMI Impact Malaria project was featured in our blog in October and highlighted how the project is fighting malaria in children during West Africa’s dangerous rainy season.

Fighting Malaria in Children During West Africa’s Rainy Season


November saw a visit from Melinda Gates to PSI’s Adolescents 360 program in Ethiopia, where we’re changing the game for young couples when it comes to contraception.

Why Melinda Gates Sees Contraception as a Stepping Stone for Girls’ Dreams  


To close out the year, we highlighted four ways donors can invest in sustainable condoms markets to fight HIV.

4 Strategic Investments Needed for Condom Markets to Thrive in the Fight Against HIV

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at PSI! We’ll see you in January with even more cutting-edge global health content.

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