Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO) Nicaragua and PSI Nicaragua work to accelerate and shape the local health market, specifically for HIV and sexual and reproductive health products and services, so that consumers have increased to the healthcare they both need and desire.
Founded in 1998, PASMO Nicaragua began activities as part of a regional HIV prevention program. Their scope subsequently expanded to other health areas such as reproductive health, including family planning and post-abortion care, prevention and management of gestational diabetes and Zika prevention.
In 2019, PSI also opened a separate Nicaraguan entity, PSI Nicaragua, which operates alongside, but independently of, PASMO Nicaragua to address post-abortion care, harm reduction and long-acting reversible contraceptives.
In 2018, PSI’s network members provided 10,883 years of healthy life for Nicaraguans, including:
years of healthy life provided by modern contraception
years of protection against unintended pregnancy for Nicaraguan couples
users reached with modern contraception
users reached with HIV testing services
Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO) Nicaragua provides technical assistance to local organizations to strengthen their capacity to conduct HIV prevention activities under a combination prevention approach. PASMO Nicaragua is also involved in conducting online outreach targeted to men who have sex with men and focused on knowing one’s HIV status. Other activities include the promotion of HIV testing and counseling services, the offering of index testing services and referrals to structural or complementary services.
PSI Nicaragua operates a network of private providers that benefits both women and health providers. The Alianza de Profesionales para la Salud network offers sexual and reproductive health services that adhere to strict quality standards based on voluntary and informed choice. PASMO Nicaragua, with the aid of the Maverick Collective founding member Caitlin Heising, has also placed a special emphasis on strengthening youth-friendly services with the establishment of its first socially franchised clinic, the Red Segura Clinic.
PSI Nicaragua equips providers with training and support, healthcare ethics workshops and behavior change communication activities to educate them on the use of misoprostol for post-abortion care. PSI Nicaragua also registers and markets misoprostol to create availability and demand for these services, while working to increase accessibility to post-abortion reproductive health services, all within the context of the local law.
From 2012 to 2017, PASMO Nicaragua worked on reducing maternal and child morbidity that results from birth complications related to gestational diabetes mellitus, as well as reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future. A total of 562 health providers were trained in prevention, diagnosis and management of gestational diabetes. PASMO Nicaragua screened 8,132 women for gestational diabetes.
PASMO Nicaragua markets and sells condoms and lubricants, in addition to other socially marketed sexual and reproductive health products. These aid to reduce HIV transmission and improve sexual health, a strategy that complements social and behavior change communication activities. PASMO Nicaragua recognizes the importance of directing efforts to improve the availability and accessibility of condoms for Nicaraguans, especially for those with a greater risk of HIV infection.
PASMO Nicaragua uses private sector partners to distribute Zika prevention kits throughout the community. These include informational materials, condoms, insect repellants and other helpful tools to prevent Zika transmission. Additionally, PASMO conducts behavior change communication campaigns to increase knowledge and promote preventative behaviors.
With overarching commitments to flexibility in our work, and greater wellbeing for our employees, we want to ensure PSI is positioned for success with a global and holistic view of talent. Under our new “work from (almost) anywhere,” or “WFAA” philosophy, we are making the necessary investments to be an employer of record in more than half of U.S. states, and consider the U.S. as one single labor market for salary purposes. Globally, we recognize the need to compete for talent everywhere; we maintain a talent center in Nairobi and a mini-hub in Abidjan. PSI also already works with our Dutch-based European partner, PSI Europe, and we’re creating a virtual talent center in the UK.
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 our commitments 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.
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.
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.
The health of PSI’s consumers is inextricably linked to the health of our planet. That’s why we’ve joined the Climate Accountability in Development as part of our commitment to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Read about our commitment to environmental sustainability.
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.
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.
PSI is committed to serving all health consumers with respect, and strives for the highest standards of ethical behavior. PSI is dedicated to complying with the letter and spirit of all laws, regulations and contractual obligations to which it is subject, and to ensuring that all funds with which it is entrusted are used to achieve maximum impact on its programs. PSI provides exceptionally strong financial, operational and program management systems to ensure rigorous internal controls are in place to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse and ensure compliance with the highest standards. Essential to this commitment is protecting the safety and well-being of our program consumers, including the most vulnerable, such as women and children. PSI maintains zero tolerance for child abuse, sexual abuse, or exploitative acts or threats by our employees, consultants, volunteers or anyone associated with the delivery of our programs and services, and takes seriously all complaints of misconduct brought to our attention.
PSI affirms its commitment to diversity and believes that when people feel respected and included they can be more honest, collaborative and successful. We believe that everyone deserves respect and equal treatment regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural background or religious beliefs. Read our commitment to diversity and inclusion here. Plus, we’ve signed the CREED Pledge for Racial and Ethnic Equity. Learn more.
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.