Over 50 Years of Putting
Women at the Center

SHIFTING POWER TO WOMEN AND GIRLS 

50 years ago, PSI seeded funding from a mail-order condom enterprise. Since then, you’ve helped us expand reproductive choice and contraceptive options that are quality-assured, accessible and responsive to need.

Together, we’ve opened the door to sexual and reproductive health services for millions of women and girls and helped to prevent more than 100 million unplanned pregnancies. By putting the wants and needs of women and girls at the center of our work, we continue to ground our approach in protecting and promoting the rights of individuals around the world, ensuring that all people have greater voice, choice and agency over their own health, fertility and lives.

See how our approach and impact have evolved throughout the years to help us progress toward achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health services.

1970
PSI’S BEGINNINGS

Phil Harvey and Tim Black launch PSI with seed funding from a mail-order condom business they started.

Photo: A pharmacy owner in Kampong Cham, Cambodia sees a condom for the first time, shown by PSI Cambodia Sales Manager Om Chen.

1977
SUPREME COURT PRECEDENT

PSI wins a landmark Supreme Court Case - Carey vs. Population Services International. It sets a precedent for contraceptive marketing and distribution across state lines in the United States.

1987
MALE CONDOMS

PSI develops and launches our first proprietary male condom brands, Prudence, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Sathi, Pakistan.

1991
ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES

Scaling Oral Contraceptives

Oral contraceptives distributed in PSI markets in India and Kenya. After introducing oral contraceptives in 1991, PSI saw traction in this now common solution and quickly scaled distribution across its network. PSI has reached more than 40 million women with oral contraceptives.

1992
INTRAUTERINE DEVICES (IUDs)

PSI introduces IUDs, or intrauterine devices, in Guinea.

What’s a LARC?

LARCs, or long-acting reversible contraception, are contraceptive methods that live up to its name: they can last up to five years at a time, are highly effective, and can be removed. LARCs include IUDs and contraceptive implants. Today, PSI is leading the way to expand access to these methods for marginalized populations across our network.
1995
FEMALE CONDOMS

In Zambia, female condoms are distributed for the first time across the PSI network.

Did you know?

Female condoms are the only woman-controlled method that provides triple protection against unintended pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
1999
EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION PILLS

Emergency contraception pills distributed in Nigeria.

Did you know?

When taken within five days after intercourse, emergency contraception can prevent over 95% of pregnancies.
2003
CONTRACEPTIVE IMPLANTS

Distribution of contraceptive implants in Nepal.

A Preference for Implants

In 2018, PSI conducted research in Ethiopia, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at trends in contraceptive product accessibility and pricing and found a significant preference for implants, thanks to their ease of insertion for both the client and the provider.

2008
SAFE ABORTION

Safe Abort Kits

PSI starts working on safe abortion and post-abortion care.

Did you know?
There are 25 million avoidable unsafe abortions that occur each year. The overwhelming majority of these unsafe abortions occur in lower income countries in the Global South. Death from unsafe abortion is one of the most preventable causes of maternal mortality.

2009
MEDICATION ABORTION PILLS

MIFESO

Distribution of medication abortion pills begins in Cambodia and India. PSI continues to work towards making quality abortion related services and medication abortion pills widely available.

2015
SELF-INJECTABLE CONTRACEPTIVES

In Madagascar, PSI introduces self-injectable contraceptives.

Self-Care for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Self-care is defined as the measures that people take to prevent disease, promote health and cope with illness and disability with or without a healthcare provider. PSI, as the incubator and current Secretariat of the Self-Care Trailblazer Group, works to bring self-care interventions—from condoms to emergency contraception to individuals by advancing the evidence, practice, learning and policy landscape of self-care for sexual and reproductive health and rights, putting power and control into the hands of consumers worldwide.

2020
METHOD MIX

PSI’s network members provide related services and distribution of contraceptive products. In addition to the methods highlighted above, PSI works to expand method mix to meet the needs of consumers such as the introduction of non-hormonal methods including the Caya diaphragm and the Standard Days Method (cycle beads) as well as other hormonal methods and options such as the hormonal IUS.

*Users reached is estimated at the population, not individual, level and is estimated by the number of clients who receive a product or service or the equivalent of the year’s worth of supply.

As you can see, our offering has evolved to include more choices for individuals around the world. But one thing hasn’t changed. We believe all people can and should have control of their sexuality, sexual health and fertility. 
If you agree, please consider making a donation of support. Your contribution will help us expand reproductive choice and contraceptive options and pioneer more ways to put power in the hands of people we serve.