About Us



Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

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We stay true to our mission. Since 1957, Pathfinder has maintained an unwavering belief in the right of women, men, and adolescents to have access to quality sexual and reproductive health care. No matter where we work—in remote locations or among difficult conditions or political situations—we stand strong for the most vulnerable. Sometimes, this means taking risks for what we believe. Whether it's suing the US Government to end the Global Gag Rule, or going where others won't to reach marginalized, stigmatized, or underserved people, we are driven by our mission.

We're often unseen. As part of our mission, Pathfinder is committed to investing in local capacity. Long before there was donor emphasis on country ownership and local capacity building, Pathfinder was quietly on the ground forging partnerships that have built the foundation of success for improved sexual and reproductive health care. Our 1,000-plus staff, predominantly country nationals, works alongside more than 200 local partner organizations across more than 20 countries to establish strong, sustainable community and health systems to achieve better health outcomes for all.

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Pathfinder addresses a range of sexual and reproductive health needs. In particular, we have six key focus areas and four crosscutting areas of our work.

  • Adolescents

    For nearly 40 years, Pathfinder has led projects focused on improving adolescents and youth access to sexual and reproductive health services in more than 30 countries, under a wide range of circumstances. Pathfinder’s goal is to ensure young people have access to quality services that are tailored to effectively meet the diverse needs of adolescents and youth across countries and cultural contexts.

  • HIV & AIDS
    HIV & AIDS

    AIDS is the leading cause of mortality among women of reproductive age and has devastating impact on the health, livelihood, and survival of women, children, and families. Response to this crisis requires a massive, multi-sectoral, and coordinated global effort to implement state-of-the-art approaches, and advance social justice and human rights. For the past 20 years, Pathfinder has played a major role, contributing on several fronts of the global response to AIDS.

  • Contraception &
    Family Planning
    Contraception & Family Planning

    For more than 55 years, improving access to contraception and family planning has been core to Pathfinder’s mission. Pathfinder has worked in more than 100 countries implementing large scale service delivery programs. Our goal is to advance opportunities for women, men, and adolescents to make choices about their sexual and reproductive health through access to contraceptive services and information.

  • Advocacy

    Pathfinder’s advocacy is focused on improving the US and global political environment for sexual and reproductive health programs. Pathfinder is recognized in the United States and globally as a strong and enduring voice for international sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Our strong reputation in service delivery and our ability to leverage technical knowledge and expertise make Pathfinder a key resource to policymakers around the world.

  • Abortion

    Pathfinder believes access to abortion services is not only a public health imperative, it is also every woman’s right. As part of our mission, Pathfinder helps ensure the availability of safe, legal abortion services that are performed by well-trained providers so that every woman has options and can make choices about what is best for her wellbeing and future.

  • Maternal & Newborn Health
    Maternal & Newborn Health

    Throughout our history, Pathfinder has supported integrated and comprehensive services for maternal and newborn care. We promote contraception, train midwives and skilled birth attendants, and enhance emergency obstetric care with the goal of reducing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality and ensuring mothers and their newborns have access to help and information at every point during pregnancy and childbirth—from the household to the hospital—and then safely home.

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Pathfinder believes that high quality data lead to better programs, better accountability to donors, and a better understanding of "what works." Our dedicated research and metrics team ensures that the data Pathfinder programs collect are valid, reliable, and appropriate for their intended use.

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We Value Partnerships

Our approach is based on collaboration at all levels-from local NGOs and community and faith-based organizations to governments and multilateral partners-to strengthen the systems that deliver health care. We are proud of the partnerships we have around the world.

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We are always looking to add talented and passionate people to our team. Pathfinder is headquartered in Watertown, MA with domestic offices in Washington, DC and more than 20 field locations around the world. Help us reach even more women and families with sexual and reproductive health services.

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