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Reproductive health stories from Pathfinder and beyond

In Burkina Faso’s health centers, the need for bread and roses

If we cannot bring these women to clinics that welcome them with the same bright colors they themselves bring, it seems to me that we are giving them bread without the roses.

Finding the right words in Niger

Steve Redding, Pathfinder's Vice President for Country and Regional Operations, reports back on the launch of our new Gates-funded project in Niger.

The story behind the numbers on World Population Day

Last year, on World Population Day, many of us talked about the fact that we had crossed the seven billion mark in terms of global population. While this number is high, I urge us not to lose sight of the fact that each country is faced with its own unique set of population challenges and opportunities.

Seeing the Pathfinder Difference: How One Hospital Transformed My View

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Longtime Pathfinder supporter Bonnie New shares how one trip to India showed her just how different the level of care can be in rural areas of the world.

Country: India
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

Minister of Health’s message hits home in Myanmar

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I was stationed at the front door of Naypyitaw’s Mingalar Thiri Hotel, awaiting his arrival. Day one of Myanmar’s Family Planning Best Practices Conference, and we were expecting H.E. Minister of Health Dr. Pe Thet Khin any minute.

The World is Calling for Change

Today is a day of beginnings at Pathfinder. It is the first of the month, the start of a new fiscal year, and importantly, today is the official start of a new five-year strategy. Looking beyond 2015, we must advance sexual and reproductive health and rights globally by catalyzing change locally. We must do it now.

A Rocky Road for the World’s Women

Today is a challenging day for me. Usually, I can find inspiration in the rights American women enjoy, and the access to high-quality healthcare that exists here in the States. Today, however, the road to global progress feels rocky.

Country: Peru
Focus Area: Abortion

Courageous Pioneers: 50 Years in Kenya

For 50 years, Pathfinder International has served millions of women, men, and young people across Kenya. Today, we celebrate our proudest, most groundbreaking achievements. And we thank the dedicated and passionate partners, donors, and staff that made them possible.

Do You Feel Courageous?

Two female sex workers stare resolutely into the camera. Beside them, the words: Do you feel courageous?

On the one-year anniversary of Pathfinder’s historic win at the US Supreme Court, Jonathan Rucks shares why organizations like Pathfinder must be brave. And why we need you to stand with us.

Focus Area: Advocacy

I Choose to Survive: Inno's Story

Inno and two of her children

Thirty six-year-old Inno has given birth ten times. Like many women in Nigeria, she delivered at home with the help of only a traditional birth attendant. Just six of her newborns survived. Don't miss Inno’s inspiring story—about her struggle to protect her babies and to survive.

Taking Back Our Future

Harriet and her son

When Harriet was 15, two life-changing things happened. The rebel Lord’s Resistance Army finally left Uganda, allowing families like hers to return to what was left of their homes. That same year, she gave birth to her first child. Suddenly, she and her husband, Emmanuel, had to look to the future. But that seemed impossible.

In Egypt, Fighting for Women's Futures

Azhar and her 12-year-old daughter,Shayma, in their home

Azhar Hamdy was desperate. A divorced mother in Egypt’s poorest governorate, she believed the only way to give her daughters a better life was to marry them off young. But she was wrong. This is her story.

How Will You Celebrate?

Mother and her daughter in Uganda

On her first Mother’s Day as a mom, Pathfinder’s Sarah Lance has a lot to celebrate. But her mind is never far from the thousands of mothers who are missing.

The Last Mile: Empowering Families to Choose a Sustainable Future

On the distant shores of Lake Tanganyika, people are in crisis. Children are dying. Women struggle to survive childbirth. And the natural resources families rely on for food and jobs are depleted like never before.

In India With Pathfinder

When I learned about the 2014 Friends of Pathfinder trip to India, I immediately knew I wanted to go.

“We Space Our Children Like We Space Our Trees. So They Grow Big and Strong."

At 15, Fausta gave birth to her first child. By 23, she had four. Like many girls on Uganda’s Bussi Island, Fausta felt pressure to marry young and grow her family fast.

Reaching the Invisible Woman: The Right to Maternal Care

Mother and child in Peru

If you were suffering from a medical emergency, how long would it take you to reach a hospital? Could you afford an ambulance to take you there?

What Do Fisheries Have to Do With Reproductive Health?

By midmorning, the sun heats the beaches of Jaguzi, a small island in Uganda. Fishermen find relief under the shade of a large tree. Behind them, Lake Victoria stretches for more than 200 miles.

10 Ways the Integrated Family Health Program Is a Game-Changer for Ethiopia

For the past five years, millions of women, men, and young people throughout Ethiopia have been touched by the Integrated Family Health Program, led by Pathfinder International and JSI and funded by USAID.

11 Global Health Reads to Pick Up This Week (As Recommended by Pathfinder Staff)

It’s officially spring and World Health Day is on its way (April 7th)! I don’t know about you, but I often enjoy the weather with book in hand. Here are eleven great global health reads as recommended by Pathfinder staff.


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