Reproductive health stories from Pathfinder and beyond

Global Commitments, Local Actions: Keeping the Momentum Going After ICFP


What a week in Bali! I joined more than 50 Pathfinders and thousands of family planning advocates for the International Conference on Family Planning in Indonesia.

Agency and Access: Why LARCs Are Significant to the Narrative of Family Planning

It is imperative for me, as a young woman, to be an active supporter of the Global Consensus Statement for Expanding Contraceptive Choice for Adolescents and Youth to Include Long-Acting Reversible Contraception, which will be celebrated at the conference in Bali.

Innovative Partnership Brings ‘Wellness’ to Millions of Chinese Migrant Workers

Linda Neuhauser

In 2011, with initial funding from the Levi Strauss Foundation, Pathfinder International joined together with UC Berkeley’s Health Research for Action Center to begin the Changzhou Wellness Project.

It’s My Right: Sexual and Reproductive Health for Everyone, Everywhere

Human rights are rooted in the belief that everyone, by virtue of his or her humanity, is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today, we commemorate the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted that Declaration.

Climate Change: What’s Family Planning Got To Do With It?

The gathering of world leaders this week in Paris to discuss responses to climate change is an opportunity to think about how we can work together to build communities that can grow and prosper in the long term.

Now More Than Ever: Advocating for Elimination of Violence Against Women

As we join governments and activists around the world to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Activism, we are calling on governments to end violence against women and girls and make gender equality a reality for women and girls around the world.

Country: Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania
Focus Area: Advocacy

From Soda to Sex: Men in Mozambique Embrace Female Condoms


Workers at Mozambique's Fizz soda factory gathered to watch demonstrations of proper female condom use, hear clarification on misconceptions regarding the female condom, and listen to issues related to HIV and STIs.

Bringing Hope Where Hope Was Lost


I’ll tell you what inspires me. In Uganda, vulnerable communities are working together, bringing hope to where hope was lost.

Continuum of Care Brings Healthy Moms and Babies in Uttar Pradesh


“I felt weak, often irritable. My hands and legs often trembled…” It was a warning sign for Pushpa Devi, who at the age of 28 was five months pregnant with her third child.

Country: India
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

Celebrating the Sustainable Development Goals—Without Fear!

“…free of fear…” Such a strong statement, right there in the introduction of the new Sustainable Development Agenda. At Pathfinder, those words are our anthem.

Bringing Unsafe Abortion in Tanzania into the Light

This new video titled Nuru Mpya (or “Into the Light”) shows that restrictive abortion laws and religious convictions are to blame for the widespread stigma…and its horrific consequences.

Country: Tanzania
Focus Area: Abortion

Ethiopia Through My Eyes


We landed in Addis Ababa on the 18th of August. It was the first time I had been to Ethiopia and the first time I was going to visit a Pathfinder project.

New Hope, New Lives: Fistula Elimination in Ethiopia

Fistula Ethiopia

Obstetric fistula is a condition which can lead to a lifetime of both physical disability and psychological consequences—including being ostracized from families and communities.

Power, Protection, and Pleasure with Female Condoms

MZ female condom day

At a female condom demonstration, adolescents can hear about sex in a positive way. They learn about contraception, about sexually transmitted diseases, and they ask questions—all in an environment where this kind of conversation is encouraged.

She Was Bleeding for One Month: The Reality of Unsafe Abortion in Mozambique

In countries where abortions are illegal—or there’s a lack of clarity regarding the laws—abortions still happen at the same rate as countries with liberalized laws. It’s a fact.

Country: Mozambique
Focus Area: Abortion

Help Us Advocate to Save Moms and Kids Around the World!

This week, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act will be introduced in Congress, calling for the scaling up of simple solutions and requiring a coordinated, streamlined strategy to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths by 2035.

Focus Area: Advocacy

Standing by: Supporting High-risk Pregnancies in India


When Munni Devi learned she was pregnant, she was thrilled. But during her fifth month of pregnancy, she started leaking amniotic fluid. Her network of providers was there every step of the way.

Country: India
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

Injectable Contraceptives: The Best Shot for Women in Mozambique

DMPA Study

New study looks at injectable contraceptives as a way to increase contraceptive prevalence and reduce the high unmet need for family planning in rural Mozambique.

In Nigeria, driven by hope

Nigeria blog

All people deserve a say in choices about their own bodies. Join me. Take a stand. Demand more for our world’s women and girls.

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