20 February 2019
Population Services International (PSI)
In support of Family Planning 2020 and the Global Strategy on Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, PSI has pledged to reach 10 million people under the age of 25 with a modern contraceptive method by 2020. With young women accounting for half of global unsafe abortion-related deaths, we remain firm in our commitment to arm young people with the knowledge, tools and contraceptive access to make their own decisions about their sexual and reproductive health (SRH).
Our FP2020 commitment has informed our organization’s global strategy, staffing updates and programmatic shifts, ensuring all projects, and among all departments, we keep youth at the core of PSI programming.
PSI recognizes that our consumer is younger than ever. Adolescents, therefore, are a key demographic in re-imagining healthcare. This summer, PSI will unveil its Global Strategic Plan—of which engaging adolescents is one of PSI’s four commitment areas. With the Global Strategy as a blueprint, we have launched an internal Youth Collab and publish ongoing external content—convening our community of practice to explore, together, how all projects can meaningfully engage youth as equal partners in the design, delivery, measurement and evaluation of SRH services. This includes how projects can apply principles of Positive Youth Development (http://bit.ly/2qSLOgK ) to work with youth as cyber-health educators (http://bit.ly/2HbgVxT) and project co-designers (http://bit.ly/2K9YvLW).
Supporting our global strategy requires unlocking new avenues of funding. PSI is working with young philanthropists fully dedicated to expanding contraceptive access to young people, reducing adolescent pregnancy and gaining new insights into young people’s lived experiences to better meet their health needs. We continue to secure new funding from government donors, including a recent $7 million award from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency to, in part, expand how adolescents access SRH services in PSI Zimbabwe.
We’ve injected our FP2020 goals into how we track and share progress across current and new PSI programming. We launched in 2016 Adolescents 360, an AYSRH effort to increase the demand for, uptake of and perception surrounding voluntary, modern contraceptives among adolescent girls 15-19-years-old across the developing world. The project works in equal partnership with girls, sourcing from their insights to design, deliver and implement country-tailored solutions. Our A360 Hub (a360learninghub.org) allows us share our learnings, with the goal of inspiring the global community to replicate A360’s approach and solutions. PSI is not only on track to meeting its FP2020 pledge. We’re committed to working as a community to, together, abolish adolescent’s unmet need for contraception across the developing world.
In support of FP2020 and the Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), PSI, through its global network of country programs, commits to reaching 10 million people under the age of 25 years old with modern contraceptive methods by December 2020.
PSI and its partners will test new and bold ways of collaborating with young people to re-imagine and redefine the way sexual, reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programs are designed, delivered, measured, and evaluated. In doing so, PSI aims to improve its collection of age-disaggregated data and share lessons learned. Furthermore, PSI will work towards ensuring that sexually active young people regardless of marital status or parity have access to a range of contraceptive options, including long-acting reversible contraceptives, and that access to services is embraced and advocated for by young people, their health providers, their families and their communitie.
More information about this commitment to FP2020 can be found here.
Population Services International (PSI) is pleased to make a commitment to the following by 2015: provide 12.3 million individuals with contraceptives per year; distribute a total of 4.2 billion male condoms, 158 million cycles of oral contraceptives, 26 million female condoms, 32 million injectables, 11 million doses of emergency contraception, 3.5 million lUDs and 460,000 hormonal implants between 2011 and 2015.
We see the successful achievement of our commitment as having a significant impact on the lives and well-being of women and families across the developing world. Specifically, these 12.3 million family planning users per year will prevent 3 million unintended pregnancies and avert 14,000 maternal deaths each year. In addition, we commit to advocate for the improvement of women and children’s health and access to quality and affordable life-saving products over the next five years, and to disseminate information and research findings about proven-effective reproductive health services.