PSI

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Founded in 1970, PSI is a global health organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world by focusing on serious challenges such as a lack of family planning, HIV and AIDS, barriers to maternal health, and threats to children under five, including malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.

PSI is committed to the principle that health services and products are most effective when they are accompanied by robust communications and distribution efforts that help ensure wide acceptance and proper use.

In each of the countries in which it works, PSI works in partnership with local governments, ministries of health and local organizations – creating health solutions that are built to last. PSI is focused on measurable health impact and measures its effect on disease and death much like a for-profit measures its profits.

The evidence base for reducing the spread of HIV among people who use drugs is strong. Using an array of harm reduction interventions that can be tailored to country context, PSI works to reduce drug-related harms. PSI programs include peer education about the risks of injecting (including both HIV and Hepatitis C infection as well as wound care), the promotion of HIV counseling and testing and behavior change communication to increase correct and consistent condom use. PSI also distributes sterile injecting equipment in both private and public sectors to reduce needle sharing, and facilitates the distribution of the drug Naloxone to prevent overdose death. In addition to reducing drug-related harms with these programs, PSI also works to prevent the initiation of injecting drug use and to promote the cessation of drug use with opioid substitution therapy.

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