Reflections from JSI staff on what they are most proud of in their work in family planning
When I was a young medical student, I traveled throughout Madagascar with my father, a medical doctor and pioneer working to strengthen community health and family planning through the public health system. As we traveled together I encountered Madagascar’s exceptional biodiversity for the first time, from the second largest cave in the world to seven … Continue reading “How Madagascar’s Biodiversity Influenced My Career in Public Health”
This year, JSI celebrates 20 years of work around the world improving people’s health by caring for, reinvigorating, and protecting their environment. Some of our most impactful activities have occurred in Madagascar, an island with extraordinarily rich biodiversity. Since we began working alongside institutions in Madagascar under the Jereo Salama Isika project in 1998, we … Continue reading “JSI’s Population, Health, and Environment Legacy: Two Decades of Dedication and Impact”
Through the ‘My Choice’ project, JSI has partnered with Indonesia’s National Population & Family Planning Board to reinvigorate family planning services to ensure that women across four provinces have consistent access to a variety of contraceptive options.
Every Saturday on the outskirts of the small town of Luwanga, Zambia, hundreds of women walk along a dusty road that is barely more than a path to the riverbank. About a year ago, a sign appeared at the side of the road informing people that a new form of contraception was available in town.
An opportunity to close the gap and reach for better gender equity in pregnancy prevention?
In this episode, you’ll hear from Dr. Muka Chikuba-McLeod who has been at the frontlines of the fight against HIV since the beginning of the epidemic in the country. She is the director of the USAID DISCOVER-Health project and JSI’s country representative for Zambia. Dr. Chikuba-McLeod talks to JSI’s Director of Communications, Penelope Riseborough about HIV prevention, treatment, and care; game changers in HIV; and what it will take to achieve epidemic control.
Three years ago, when Benin hovered near the bottom of the world statistics on contraceptive prevalence, and all we heard from naysayers was how “impossible and culturally sensitive” family planning is in the country, I might not have bet very much on this [the introduction of Sayana Press] being a success. But it has been so far, and all signs show it promises to go further, even faster.
On September 26, World Contraception Day 2017, the Beninese Ministry of Health will formally launch Sayana Press—a small, easy-to-use, prefilled, three-month injectable contraceptive that is expanding the contraceptive method mix. Given the enthusiastic response from clients, service providers, and policymakers, Sayana Press has the potential to revolutionize contraceptive use in Benin.
Having the logistics system in place means that women from remote areas can rely on public health centers to provide a steady supply of contraceptives and reproductive health medicines.