Under the USAID Combination Prevention Program for HIV in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama, the Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO) implements offline and online interventions to increase HIV testing services (HTS) uptake among at-risk MSM and transgender women (TW), and link reactive cases to care. Offline interventions use an adapted respondent driven sampling […]
Central America’s HIV epidemic is concentrated in key populations (KPs): men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women (TW), and female sex workers (FSW). Despite existing HIV laws and policies that respond to KP’s specific needs, there is evidence of widespread discriminatory attitudes and practices towards these populations, and stigma and discrimination continue to […]
Half of the 100,000 new HIV infections in Malawi occur among young people (15-24 years). Through the DREAMS initiative, PSI Malawi offer integrated health services including GBV to Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in Machinga district. Health services on offer to AGYW’s through mobile outreach clinics are STI screening, HIV testing and first-line support to […]
HIV testing programs have struggled to reach the most marginalized populations at risk for HIV. Social network methods such as respondent-driven sampling (RDS) and peer-based active case-finding (ACF) may be effective in overcoming barriers to reaching these populations. We compared the client characteristics, yield, and number of new cases found through two RDS strategies and […]
Female sex workers in Ethiopia are disproportionately affected by HIV, with a prevalence of 23%, compared to a national prevalence of 1.2%. Linkage to treatment and early ART initiation remains a challenge; only 72% of HIV positive patients are put on treatment. These challenges are magnified among FSW, who face additional barriers to treatment such […]
In Guatemala, a concentrated epidemic within a highly stigmatizing social context creates an environment fraught with challenges for reaching, testing, and linking vulnerable men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TW) with HIV testing and care. As part of USAID’s Combination Prevention Program in Guatemala, the Pan American Social Marketing Organization commissioned […]
PSI Zimbabwe has been offering PrEP using TDF 300mg/FTC 200mg FDC tablets as an additional HIV prevention method at New Start centers in 6 districts in Zimbabwe – Mutare, Bulawayo, Chipinge, and Gweru, Masvingo and Harare – since August 2016. The New Start PrEP program is one of the demonstration projects that will help inform […]
PSI Central Asia (PSI/CA) previously used the MS Access database for project management. Although the tool was useful for management, it did not allow reviews until the end of a quarter, when partners sent their data. This hindered ongoing data quality checks and real-time data-driven decision-making. Under USAID Central Asia HIV Flagship Project, PSI/CA decided […]
Few persons diagnosed in community settings receive antiretroviral therapy within seven days of diagnosis (rapid ART) in accordance with World Health Organization recommendations. To improve rapid ART for clients diagnosed in community settings in Swaziland, we implemented CommLink, an integrated community-based HIV testing (CBHTS), mobile HIV care, and peer-delivered linkage case management (LCM) program. In urban […]
MSM are a vulnerable population with a high prevalence of HIV (14.8%) and low HIV testing coverage (16.5%) in Madagascar. This study aims to examine barriers and motivation to HIV prevention, specifically on HIV testing, and condom and lubricant use among MSM in order to refine behavior change communication and programmatic strategies. PSI Madagascar conducted semi-structured […]
High rates of drug and gang violence, makes Honduras a violent country. A social context of traditional values, homophobia and machismo create an environment that makes MSM vulnerable. There has been no recent quantification of violence towards them. The Pan American Social Marketing Organization conducted a population-based study to assess the USAID Combination Prevention Program […]
The introduction HIV self-testing (HIVST) could overcome stigma-related barriers to HIV testing among Central America”s vulnerable populations. The Pan American Social Marketing Organization, through the USAID Combination Prevention Program in Central America, explored knowledge and acceptability of HIVST among vulnerable populations in four studies. This analysis summarizes HIVST knowledge and intentions among men who have […]
At PSI’s TOP clinics serving key populations, there was consistently high HIV yield among peers using social media. Myanmar experienced a digital technology leapfrog. From 2013 to 2017, the cost of SIM cards dropped from $1,000 to $1.50. By 2017, there were 14 million new social media users and 14 million new internet users in […]
HIV prevalence among female sex workers (FSWs) in Ethiopia is approximately 23%. To address risk of HIV in this population, the MULU/MARPs combination HIV prevention project was launched in 2012 across 168 Ethiopian towns/cities. Implementation was challenged by insufficient data on FSW locations and sizes. A rapid size estimation approach was developed to aid program […]
In response to the HIV epidemic in Central America, Population Services International (PSI) created in Central America, its affiliate, the Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO) in 1996. PASMO’s inception project was to launch a regional socially-marketed condom brand, “VIVE,” to improve availability of and access to high quality condoms. Sustainability of the brand and […]
Leading with Evidence: Implementing a Global Management Information System to Improve Evidence Based Decision Making PSI Presence: Pierre Moon, Wycliffe Waweru, Daniel Messer Time: 12:00pm – 1:20pm Location: Legian 7 Presentation from ICFP 2016
With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, PSI and PS Kenya sought to understand what role the private sector could play in getting HIV self-tests (HIVST) into the hands of hard-to-reach groups, such as youth and men, and first-time testers. Research included an innovative combination of market and consumer […]
IDEO.org partnered with PSI to apply human-centered design to engage and promote the dialogue among young men working in the informal sector and their partners about contraception and family planning. A lit review, plus field discovery research, complemented the Inspiration phase of the process, leading into important insights associated to beliefs, desires and aspirations of […]
This quantitative survey, with a representative sample of men ages 15-49 in the Zinder area of Niger, explored men’s responses on issues about contraception, family planning decision making, their own involvement, and their partners’ role. Facilitated analysis produced six segments of males, described according to their current behaviors and attitudes as well as their openness […]
Interactive Voice Response messaging was used to target a specific segment of women (healthy proactives) in Niger to pretest and iterate FP related messaging. Women had the option to respond in two local languages or in French.
This randomized, nationwide representative study of family planning needs and analysis of behaviors and attitudes of women identified 6 different segments of women based on their attitudes and behaviors towards contraception. The study concluded that nationwide efforts to increase contraceptive use should focus on three segments of women in order to maximize the probabilities of […]
Focus group discussions and one on one in-depth qualitative interviews conclude that contraceptive needs of women in Cote d’Ivoire may be categorize into life-stage categories: pre-family, family-aspiring, and family-planning.
The mapping exercise is a result of participative consultation with local NGOs participating in the Innovations Lab workshop in Ouagadougou in October 2017. It summarizes activities implemented being implemented in the country targeting men to increase their engagement in Family Planning.
This summary served as pre-reading for the Innovations Lab workshop conducted in Ouagadougou in October 2017. It provides an overview of Family Planning with special emphasis on the role of men in Burkina Faso.
This presentation, in partnership with USAID and R4D, was given in September of 2017.
This presentation was given at the International Health Economics Association Biennial Congress in July of 2017.
This presentation summarizes findings from the 2015 Outlet Survey conducted in Nigeria. FPwatch provides estimates for key family planning market indicators using nationally representative, cross-sectional outlet surveys.
This presentation summarizes findings from the FPwatch 2016 Outlet Survey conducted in Myanmar’s private sector. FPwatch provides estimates for key family planning market indicators using nationally representative, cross-sectional outlet surveys.
This presentation summarizes findings from the FPwatch 2016 outlet survey conducted in India. FPwatch provides estimates for key family planning market indicators using cross-sectional outlet surveys representative at the state level.
This presentation summarizes findings from the 2015 Outlet Survey conducted in Ethiopia. FPwatch provides estimates for key family planning market indicators using cross-sectional outlet surveys representative for the four largest states.