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Development Media International (DMI) has been awarded the highest ranking in an impact audit carried out by ImpactMatters, the independent organisation that rates the impact of non-profits. The audit assessed the impact of DMI’s national scale-up of its child survival campaign in Burkina Faso, and estimates that by the time DMI’s three-year campaign ends, it will have saved 8,700 lives at a cost of $400 per life saved. As...
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Toilets Change Lives and Raise Unexpected Questions: PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore's India Blog Post
Actress, singer/songwriter and Ppoulation Services International's Global Ambassador Mandy Moore meets with a group of women in Bihar, India, who took out a loan together to build a toilet for their community. Before the toilet, many women had been shamed and verbally harassed when relieving themselves in nearby fields. This morning for breakfast, I joined the PSI/India team to learn how they and their partners, including the Bill &am...
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Living Goods: Expanding Family Planning Options in Uganda
By: Sarah Bernstein, Living Goods Innovation Manager Uganda has one of the highest fertility rates and population growth rates in the world—putting the health of mothers and children at serious risk. It’s estimated that the simple act of birth spacing and access to family planning methods can reduce maternal mortality by 30 percent and child mortality by 20 percent. With less than 40 percent of women at reproductive age using ...
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Ending Fistula Within a Generation in Kenya
By: Katie Weller, Marketing Communications Writer, Fistula Foundation   “Sit down, let’s talk to her,” said Joyce, nodding. She gestured to the hospital bed with a smile and a psychologist’s certainty. We were now alone in a hospital room at Jamaa Mission Hospital—one of six facilities in the Action on Fistula program. From my comfortable desk over 15,000 miles away, I had read about the program&rsquo...
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IPA Study: Empowering Women and Reducing Poverty with Mobile Money Access in Kenya
Access to mobile banking lifted 2 percent of the population out of poverty There are an estimated 411 million mobile money accounts worldwide, allowing even the poor in remote areas to send and receive money at low cost. How access to this financial tool affects long-term financial well-being, however, is not well understood. In Kenya, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) worked with researchers to track the economic progress of households as ...
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What does blindness look like?
by Esha Thaper, Fred Hollows Foundation To some, "What does blindess look like?" might seem a strange question. There’s a perception that blindness is binary, but for most people with vision impairment, it’s not a matter of seeing nothing versus seeing clearly. The reality is somewhere in between. In time for World Sight Day on October 12, the team at The Fred Hollows Foundation created an online Sight Si...
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Field Of Vision:  Edina Mboje's Story
By Joe Raffanti, Seva Staff Member The first time I saw Edina Mboje, she had just learned two life-changing facts. The first was that the cause of her five years of blindness was cataract, the most common cause of blindness worldwide. The second thing she learned was her condition was treatable, and within 48 hours her sight would be restored. There in the doctor’s makeshift examination room in a village in rural Tanzania, unable to s...
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Entrepreneurship is a Skill, Not a Talent: The Power of the Group-Based Graduation Model
by Hannah McCandless, Program Associate, Village Enterprise About a year ago in Aduka Village, Uganda, Anna, Esther and Stephen received their first installment of seed capital from Village Enterprise. They used their $100 to purchase vegetables in a nearby trading center and sell them at a small markup in their rural village. Using their profits, they started a small snack kiosk selling chapati (flatbread) and later mandazi (traditional ...
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World’s Largest HIV Self-Testing Initiative Expands in Critical New Phase
Imagine the first AIDs Free Generation. At PSI, our team reimagines health care at this scale every day. That’s why we’re launching the first and only rapid HIV self-testing product approved by the World Health Organization. We’re already piloting the project in Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Making sure all people living with HIV know their status is crucial to slow and eventually stop the viru...
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Murmurs of revolution from the shed
by Subeskha Poudel, Partnerships Manager at Possible Pulling the dhoti up to her ankle, Dambar scrambled inside the chaupadi. A mud house atop a cowshed, today was her third day of menstruation. In the tiny claustrophobic room, her sister-in-law and her young neighbor, also menstruating, had each chosen a corner to sleep. As the moonlight poured in and Dambar tucked her legs between the folds of the blanket, she was determined: “I am not...
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