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Christopher Purdy
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Christopher H. Purdy is President and CEO of DKT International and serves as a member of the board. From 1996 to 2011, he served as Country Director of DKT programs in Turkey, Ethiopia, and Indonesia, where he managed the largest private social marketing family planning program in the world. He served as Executive Vice President from 2011-2013. His professional interests center on advancing the cause of social marketing for improved health, and socially responsible capitalism.

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This New Contraceptive Could Be a Game-Changer

(3) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 7:46 AM

You only get to make a first impression once.

And so it is that the first launch of a new injectable contraceptive called Sayana Press will help determine if this product has the potential to change the way family planning services are provided in many developing countries. Last...

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Technology, Sex and Health: 4 Ideas to Reach Young People

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 4:17 PM

If you work in the field of adolescent reproductive health, here's a techno-pop quiz for you:

1. Have you ever posted on Instagram or Pinterest?

2. Do you have a Tinder account?

3. Are you familiar with Grindr or OkCupid ?

If you are like me, you probably did not...

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Does the U.S. Really Need a National Condom Day?

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 12:24 PM

National Condom Day and Valentine's Day both fall on February 14. Nobody expects Congress to observe Condom Day or for President Obama to announce that he has given the First Lady a year's supply of condoms. But it's no accident that National Condom Day and Valentine's Day are the same...

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International Family Planning 2014: Seven Trends to Watch

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:02 AM

What's on the docket for international family planning in 2014? Here are seven issues and trends to watch for.

China's One-Child Policy appears to be headed for a change. An easing of the rules could add 1 million or more births per year in the world's largest nation.

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To Promote Family Planning, Let's Have More Controversy

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 2:58 PM

Some 20 years ago in the Philippines, DKT International launched an advertisement for strawberry-scented Trust condoms. An archbishop of the Catholic Church, a man incongruously named Cardinal Sin, quickly condemned the ad as an illicit promotion of sex.

In 1997, when I was working in Ethiopia on a family planning...

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For Family Planning, Entrepreneurs Can Outdistance Charities

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 9:32 AM

Government, non-profit and corporate programs to meet social needs inevitably involve the idea of charity - providing products or services free of charge to people who are presumed to be grateful for the help. By contrast, social impact entrepreneurship seeks to change lives and societies in much the same way...

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120 Million New Family Planning Users: Are We Setting Ourselves Up for Disappointment?

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 11:38 AM

The Family Planning Summit held in London in July 2012 highlighted reproductive health issues and raised the profile of what still needs doing in the developing world. Participants pledged $2.6 billion dollars in additional funding to achieve a worthy goal: provide 120 million new women who have 'unmet need' with...

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