Adolescents & Youth

Nearly half of the world’s population is under 25. Most live in the poorest countries, where the second leading cause of death for girls 15-19 globally is complication in pregnancy and childbirth. 23 million adolescents need contraception but don’t have it. Over 1 billion young people need accurate, unbiased information and health care free from judgment.

Pathfinder is making sure they get it. We believe sexual and reproductive health care is essential for young people to realize their full potential. Their lives depend on it. Wherever the need is most urgent, our programs ensure young people can make their own decisions about their bodies and choose their own path forward.

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What We Do

  • Empower adolescents and youth to make their own decisions about their bodies and their futures by changing community norms related to gender, adolescent sexuality, early marriage, and childbearing
  • Strengthen health services to offer young people the sexual and reproductive health care they need without judgment or bias, including access to long-acting contraceptive methods
  • Support young women and first-time parents to delay their first pregnancy and space their births to ensure the health of the mother and her children
  • Partner with young people to develop new and creative behavior change strategies—like digital health and games—that lead to healthier practices and lifelong good habits
  • Connect young advocates and policymakers to foster supportive policies that promote young people’s health and rights

Discover Our Projects

Prevention of Early Marriage

Addressing the needs of adolescents,...
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Toward Healthy Adolescent Girls

17% of girls in Egypt are married...

AIDS, Population, & Health Integrated Assistance plus Nairobi-Coast

To truly achieve transformational...
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Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Against Children

Every child has a right to feel safe....

Integrated Family Health Program

In Ethiopia, the proportion of women...

Promoting Change in Reproductive Behavior in Bihar

In 2009, Bihar state had the highest...

Meet Our Staff

Julio Pacca

Director of Technical Services

Mengistu Asnake

Country Representative

Abdoul Baldé

Deputy Country Representative
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Worknesh Kereta

Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health Senior Advisor

Callie Simon

Senior Technical Advisor for Adolescent and Youth Sexual & Reproductive Health

Sophia Ladha

Country Representative

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.

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