Enhancing Health Around The World

PCI is dedicated to enhancing the health of individuals, households, and communities by helping them thrive through sustained physical, mental, and social well-being.

Enhancing Health Around The World

PCI is dedicated to enhancing the health of individuals, households, and communities by helping them thrive through sustained physical, mental, and social well-being.

Why It Matters

Globally, major progress has been made toward enhancing health and saving the lives of millions of people over the last 20 years. Life expectancy has increased, maternal and child mortality rates have decreased, and we’ve diligently fought against many life-threatening, communicable diseases.

The number of children who die before the age of five decreased from 12.6 million in 1990 to 5.4 million in 2017—a decline of 58 percent. The number of women who die from childbirth and pregnancy complications reduced by 35 percent in the last 10 years alone. In 2018, the number of adults and children dying from HIV-related infections was estimated at 770,000—roughly a 45 percent decline from the peak of the disease in 2004.

While this progress is remarkable, there are still millions of people dying unnecessarily each year from preventable yet life-threatening diseases including malaria and water-borne illnesses. Neglected tropical diseases remain a major threat in many countries, while emerging global health challenges such as global pandemics, urbanization, non-communicable diseases, and mental illness place increasing strain on communities and health systems.

Concerted efforts are needed to tackle persistent inequities in health outcomes caused by malnutrition, inadequate access to clean water and sanitation, limited access to education and health services, and gender-based violence. This is why PCI remains committed to enhancing health by addressing preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths, fighting life-threatening diseases, and ensuring access to clean water and sanitation—especially in communities facing extreme poverty.

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Learn more about PCI’s impact in rural Zambia where our programs provide life-saving cervical cancer screening to women who are HIV positive.

Health Strategy

PCI’s strategy to enhance health is founded on decades of integrated programming that not only addresses today’s critical health challenges but their underlying causes.

By strengthening community health systems, promoting social and behavior change, and building local capacity, PCI’s programs support strong and resilient communities by:

  • Being community-driven, systems-focused and evidenced-based. We strengthen health systems, service delivery models, and linkages within and between communities and health facilities to improve sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDs, and maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition.
  • Addressing the normative environment and empowering individuals, households, and communities to adopt healthier practices at home.
  • Empowering individuals, households, and communities to actively seek out high-quality health services.
  • Improving health outcomes among urban neighborhoods and communities.
  • Contributing to global thought leadership and evidence-based, innovative health and nutrition solutions.

PCI is a proud member of CHIFA (Child Healthcare Information for All). We support child health rights and believe that every child, every parent and every health worker should have access to the health information they need to protect their own health and the health of children for whom they are responsible.

PCI is a proud CHIFA partner

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