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Reproductive health stories from Pathfinder and beyond

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?

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.

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.

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.

Witnessing Empowerment: How One Girl Taught Me Small Changes Create Big Impact

Sitting on the floor of a modest concrete building in Bihar, India, 21 year-old Nicky recalled how, as a teenager, she convinced her parents not to marry her off. I’ve heard many stories similar to hers but this time, I was witnessing empowerment with my own eyes.

The World’s Young Women Speak On Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion

Photo of woman with abortion protest sign in Mozambique

The Postabortion Care Consortium recently asked young people from around the world to share their perspectives on abortion care. Here's what they had to say.

Our Kids Need Us: One Family’s Struggle to Survive

By 25, Betty had four children. Her last delivery nearly killed her, when she lost too much blood. “I survived but never regained my health,” says Betty.

Pathfinder Hosts #WomenDare Tweet Chat with Girls Not Brides and UN Women

Friday, March 7, Pathfinder will co-host a tweet chat about daring women with UN Women and Girls Not Brides in honor of International Women's Day.

Focus Area: Gender

For Pathfinder Supporters, Seeing Is Believing

For six of Pathfinder International’s supporters, seeing is truly believing. In January, they joined members of the Pathfinder team on the 2014 Friends of Pathfinder trip.

Country: India
Focus Area: Advocacy

This Stops Now: How a Girl’s Outrage Inspired Her Life’s Work

“There was a scandal,” says Reem Mehanna, remembering the International Conference on Population and Development in her native Egypt. “It revolved around the release of a documentary about female genital mutilation.”

Country: Egypt
Focus Area: Advocacy

A Morning Reflection

Abortion in Spain

Driving into work today, I was struck by the beauty of a single Boston skyscraper lit up in the gold tones of sunrise against an otherwise grey New England morning. In an instant my bliss was shattered by the radio newscaster’s voice.

Focus Area: Abortion

This is My Life. You Can’t Have It.

What if—in one instant—your dreams were stolen from you? Could you be as strong as Clara, a young woman from Uganda, and take them back?

My Implant Is My Badge of Honor

Dorothy was married and pregnant by 18. By 22, she had five children. That’s what happens when you are a woman living with no choice about your body.

7 Reasons Early Marriage Happens in Bihar, India and Why It’s Harmful

Ending Early Marriage, PRACHAR

For the past several years, Pathfinder has worked to prevent early marriage in Bihar and other parts of Eastern India through projects like PRACHAR and initiatives like JAGRITI.

Nine Can't-Miss Quotes on Reproductive Rights from Strong Women Around the Globe

Quotes from powerful women

It’s far too often that women aren’t in the room when decisions are being made about their reproductive health and rights. But daring women are standing up to the status quo and speaking up on behalf of women everywhere.

Sharing Love in Health and Safety

Love is

This February, Pathfinder celebrates the right to love in safety and health.

A Road Taken: Why We Do the Work We Do

The Road Taken, Ethiopia

From time to time, I’m asked the question, “Why do you do the work that you do?” In turn, I ask “Why wouldn’t I want to do the work I do?”


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