Population Services International (PSI) is a global nonprofit organization focused on the encouragement of healthy behavior and affordability of health products. PSI was founded in 1970 to improve reproductive health using commercial marketing strategies and has expanded to work in over 50 countries in the areas of malaria, family planning, HIV, diarrhea, pneumonia and sanitation. PSI is headquartered in Washington, DC.
A hallmark of PSI is a commitment to the principle that health services and products are most effective when they are accompanied by robust communications and distribution efforts that help ensure wide acceptance and proper use.
PSI works in partnership with local governments, ministries of health and local organizations to create health solutions that are built to last.
PSI was founded in 1970 to improve reproductive health using commercial marketing strategies. For its first 15 years, PSI worked mostly in family planning (hence the name Population Services International). In 1985, it started promoting oral rehydration therapy. PSI’s first HIV prevention project — which promoted abstinence, fidelity and condoms — began in 1988. PSI added malaria and safe water to its portfolio in the 1990s and tuberculosis in 2004.
PSI has an uncompromising focus on measurable health impact and measures its effect on disease and death much like a for-profit measures its profits. In 2018, PSI saved the lives of 17,300 mothers, prevented 6.42 million unintended pregnancies, stopped 240,100 new HIV infections, and avoided 95,800 deaths due to diseases like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia that most threaten young children.
World headquarters in Washington, D.C., programs in more than 50 countries, European office in Amsterdam.
More than 6,000 staff work for PSI and its affiliates. PSI’s expatriate staff is about 1% of the overall workforce. Support services and advocacy are provided by staff in Washington, D.C., and Amsterdam, Netherlands.
PSI makes it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire.
- Measurement: Evidence, research, metrics and evaluation inform our choices.
- Pragmatism: We strive for excellence, but useful and timely are better than perfect.
- Honesty: We act with integrity, share what we achieve, and admit when we fail.
- Collaboration: Active partnering drives impact.
- Trust: We have confidence in our people to make good decisions.
- Commitment: We build local capacity and programs that last.
- Gender Equality: PSI affirms gender equality is a universal human right and the achievement of it is essential to PSI’s mission. Read about our commitment to gender equality here.
- Diversity and Inclusion: PSI affirms its commitment to diversity and believes that when people feel respected and included they can be more honest, collaborative and successful. Read our commitment to diversity and inclusion here.
- Zero tolerance for discrimination and harassment: PSI is committed to establishing and maintaining a work environment that fosters harmonious, productive working relationships and encourages mutual respect among team members. Read our policy against discrimination and harassment here.
- Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity: PSI does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Read our full affirmative action and equal employment opportunity policy here.
- United Nations Global Compact: Since 2017, PSI has been a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, a commitment to align strategies and operations with universal principles of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Read about PSI’s commitment to the UN Global Compact here.
- Zero tolerance for modern-day slavery and human trafficking: PSI works to ensure that its operations and supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. Read more about this commitment in our policy statement, endorsed by the PSI Board of Directors.
- Meaningful Youth Engagement: PSI is firmly committed to the meaningful engagement of young people in our work. As signatories of the Global Consensus Statement on Meaningful Adolescent & Youth Engagement, PSI affirms that young people have a fundamental right to actively and meaningfully engage in all matters that affect their lives. PSI’s commitments aim to serve and partner with diverse young people from 10-24 years, and we have prioritized ethics and integrity in our approach. Read more about commits to the three core principles of respect, justice and do no harm in the Commitment to Ethics in Youth-Powered Design. And read more about how we are bringing our words to action in our ICPD+25 commitment, Elevating Youth Voices, Building Youth Skills for Health Design.
$542,349,734 million (2018)
Major donors include the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; United Nations agencies; private foundations; corporations and individuals.
Population Services International (PSI) is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization, which means your contributions are tax-deductible to the limits of applicable laws. PSI’s tax ID number is 56-0942853.