Somalia has one of the worst maternal and child health indicators in the world. Only few behavior change interventions have sought to first identify and target the influencers of the Somali woman’s choices and behavior. PSI Somaliland is currently implementing a DFID sponsored SAHAN (Somali Advocates for Health and Nutrition) program, applying HCD (Human Centered Design) to […]
Many households in Cotonou have full and overflowing toilet pits, leading to disease risk and open defecation. The supply of services wasn’t being met with sufficient demand for services. A branded call center has been an effective way to increase trust between service providers and consumers. The SSD project created a call center and network, branded “VIDANGE […]
AYSRH is a government priority in Uganda where 70% of the population is below age 24. This evaluation focused on the Pfizer Youth Intervention, where a portfolio of prototypes were developed to address key themes related to adolescent pregnancy and barriers to contraceptive use.
Somali women and children face more health challenges than almost any other country in the world. The under-five mortality rate, at 137 per 1,000 live births, is the third worst in the world, with one in seven Somali children dying before they reach their fifth birthday. Under the DFID-funded Somali Advocates for Health and Nutrition […]
Population Services International (PSI) and Society for Family Health (SFH) Zambia have supported the Zambian government in voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) since 2009. Despite significant effort to scale up VMMC routinely throughout the year, uptake has still been insufficient to meet targets and seasonality remains quite pronounced. In response, PSI/SFH explored Social Behavioral Change […]
Somalia has one of the worst maternal and child health indicators in the world. Building on insights from previous campaigns, PSI Somaliland iterated the IPC approach to a more effective and efficient community model.
Three fourths of diseases in Ethiopia are related to sanitation. This study aimed to uncover deep and hidden level psychological impulses, barriers and cues, social norms and fabrics in order to bring a surge in behavioral changes.
At Adolescents 360’s inception, both modern contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for contraception among girls aged 15-19 remained relatively low in Ethiopia (32%/21%)1, Nigeria (5%/6%), and Tanzania (9%/11%) suggesting that many sexually active girls were either not seeking contraception, or may have desired fertility. AYSRH investments have commonly segmented young people according to demographics (married/unmarried, rural/urban, etc.) and behaviors (sexually active or not) with limited ability to include youth […]
Too often AYSRH projects aim for “youth-centeredness,” yet interventions remain adult-led, single-sectored and ignore adolescents’ cognitive, social and emotional development trajectories. Positive Youth Development is a thirty-year evidence-based validating a holistic youth development approach. Modern contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for contraception remains low among girls aged 15-19 in Ethiopia (32%/21%)1, Nigeria (5%/6%), and Tanzania (9%/11%) suggesting that […]
Though they are intended to safeguard adolescent health, do parental consent forms actually support girl-centered, girl-powered AYSRH programming? Or do they serve as a barrier to adolescents’ access to SRH services?
Northern Nigeria Background: Highest rates of female illiteracy in the country Accounts for negative health outcomes which include: Highest maternal mortality ratio (MMR) Infant mortality. Highest rate of early marriage. The national median age for first marriage in the North is 16.9 17% Married by 15 and 18% Married by 18
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Supporting parents to create pathways to adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health in urban and peri-urban settings of Tanzania
We asked: What are the cultural understandings of puberty, sexual debut, marriage, contraceptive use, sexuality, childbearing, and maturity and adulthood that influence the contraceptive motivations, emotional experiences, cognition, and behaviors of adolescent girls? Key Findings: In It Together: Couples often desire joint decision-making in contraceptive use Uncertainty about changing times: Parents grapple with safeguarding their […]
Qualitative research findings using human-centered methodology in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania reveal emotional dynamics complicating contraceptive use among adolescent girls
A transdisciplinary approach is our secret sauce. A360’s primary aim is to develop programming that resonates with girls, and the health systems that serve them. But going where girls take you means breaking out of traditional norms for programming! This means leaning into discomfort.
Health Network Quality Improvement System (HNQIS) is an android based mobile application developed by Population Services International. The tool, made up of checklists, is used by Quality Assurance Officers to conduct skills assessments for FP service providers during mentorships and measures proficiencies in respective skills areas and highlight missed critical steps. This is intended to […]
Background: Cervical cancer (CC) is a major cause of premature death and disability, despite being highly preventable. LMICs account for 85% of all CC cases globally, largely due to a lack of CC prevention services. By integrating the right services in the right places, PSI is working to better meet women’s health needs across the […]
Experiences from Cambodia, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda
Nigeria has a population of 190.9M. Nearly a third of it is between the ages of 10 and 24 years old. The country’s northern region accounts for 42% of the nation’s 15-19-year-old girls, many of whom have little to no formal education. These girls account for 71% of all births occurring in this age group and […]
The high proportion of youth between 10 and 24 YO (33% of the total population in 2010) in Cameroon, is an important factor for all development strategies. • Youth are confronted with significant sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) problems related to low use of contraceptives and protection against STI /HIV and poor access […]
In Nigeria, the National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS, 2013) shows that 43.5% of 15-19 years old girls have had sex and that the median age of sexual debut is 16 years. This demonstrates a need for trained, youth-friendly providers that can provide individualized counselling on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) to adolescent girls. Qualitative research shows […]
In some settings, condoms are not seen as a contraceptive method. Potential reasons include: Condoms marketed for HIV prevention. “Family planning” or “contraception” is often synonymous with hormonal and/or medicalized methods. The meaning of condom use is important to understand, particularly for adolescents who are often the age group most likely to use condoms. Is […]
Adolescents 360 (A360), is a 4.5 year program implemented by Population Services International (PSI) in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Nigeria with financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation with the objective of reaching adolescent girls aged 15-19 with contraceptive information and services In Ethiopia, married adolescent girls 15-19 years report 32% modern contraception use, and an unmet […]
Traditional SRH programming has left 252 million adolescents currently with unmet need, suggesting there is room for improvement. In 2016, Population Services International’s (PSI) Adolescents 360 (A360) project began with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Children’s Investment Fund Foundations, aiming to turn this model ‘inside-out’, by placing girls at the center […]
Zambia has a relatively low modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) and high unmet need for family planning, reported at 48% and 32% respectively. In response to this, Society for Family Health (SFH) launched the Sexual and Reproductive Health for All Initiative (SARAI) in 2015, a five-year USAID-funded project that aims to increase the mCPR by […]