Week 38: Population Services International
Population Services International (PSI) encourages healthy behavior and works to make health products affordable. They work in the areas of “malaria, family planning, HIV, diarrhea, pneumonia and sanitation”.
They believe that health services and products are most effective when they are paired with communication efforts to inform people of the availability of these services to encourage wide acceptance and proper use. PSI works in partnership with local governments, ministries of health and local organizations.
PSI is interesting because they take a multidisciplinary approach, using practices from business like marketing and franchising to make a dent in public health issues. They also have high standards for measuring impact. They apply research findings to every aspect of their work and conduct research to fill gaps in current knowledge.
Access to healthcare means not only that there is a clinic nearby, but that there is also awareness that these services exist.
Here's to access.