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Pathfinder’s Mengistu Asnake recognized with Public Health Service Award

Dr. Mengistu Asnake, Pathfinder International’s Country Representative in Ethiopia, received the Public Health Service Award at the opening ceremony of the Ethiopian Public Health Association Conference.
Type: Press Release
Country: Ethiopia

A Striking Defeat for U.S. Government’s Anti-Prostitution Pledge

On January 30, a federal court made an unqualified declaration: when it comes to the work of American public health groups, the First Amendment doesn’t stop at the U.S. border.

This is just the latest win in a decade-long legal challenge to a provision known as the anti-prostitution pledge, part of the U.S. government’s HIV and AIDS program. Along with our co-plaintiffs, InterAction and Pathfinder International, we have challenged this pledge, which mandates that organizations receiving money from the U.S. government have a policy in place opposing prostitution.

Chinese delegation’s visit to the US signals final handover of project

Chinese delegation visit
A delegation of five senior Chinese government officials arrived in San Francisco, California on January 22, 2015 for a five-day visit, part of the Pathfinder International Changzhou Migrant Workers' Health and Wellness Project.

Ethiopian president points to youth as way to country’s development

Mulatu Teshome
At last week’s National Youth Development Consultative Forum in Ethiopia, youth were the priority.

Federal Anti-Prostitution Pledge Violates Speech Rights of Public Health Groups’

Federal court decision rejects the federal government’s attempts to narrow the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision striking down as unconstitutional an Anti-Prostitution Pledge in the context of a U.S. government’s global program to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS.

U.S. Government striving to improve family health in Ethiopia

More than 200 high-level decision makers and health professionals attended a workshop to fine-tune future support in family planning.

WHO releases new adolescent health publication for primary care providers

WHO pub
The World Health Organization's new publication titled "Core competencies in adolescent health and development for primary care providers" includes technical input from Pathfinder's Gwyn Hainsworth.

The Key to Youth-Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

While a complex set of factors contribute to sexual and reproductive health problems among adolescents, these problems are exacerbated by the lack of youth-friendly health services and accurate information on safe sex and contraceptive use, says the International Women's Health Coalition.

One well-documented initiative is Mozambique’s “Geracao Biz” (“Busy Generation”) program, which included refurbishing adolescent-only clinics, developing training materials for workers, and recruiting peer activists to welcome and educate clients in the waiting room.

At conference in Ethiopia, youth development a priority

Today, Ethiopia begins its first-ever National Youth Development Consultative Forum. The event, titled “Integrated Multi-Sectoral Response for Sustainable Youth Development,” brings together more than 200 participants.

Mozambique legalises abortion to stem maternal deaths

President Armando Guebuza on Thursday quietly signed into law a revised penal code bill that eases prohibitions in abortion regulations, a move hailed by health groups.

The move is a victory for women, because it's not so "restrictive" anymore, said Ivone Zilhao a Maputo-based sexual and reproductive health doctor with Pathfinder

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Country: Mozambique
Focus Area: Abortion

Pathfinder project wins Population Institute Media Award

The Population Institute has awarded the "Hope in the Basin: Voices of the People" video the prize of Best Film or Miniseries as part of its 35th Annual Global Media Awards.

Groups push Obama to clarify U.S. abortion funding for wartime rape

Nearly two dozen health, advocacy and faith groups are calling on President Barack Obama to take executive action clarifying that U.S. assistance can be used to fund abortion services for women and girls raped in the context of war and conflict.
Type: Pathfinder in the News
Focus Area: Advocacy

More than 20 organizations hold White House Rally to help women raped in conflict

More than 20 organizations from around the world joined with the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) in support of a rally today in front of the White House to stand with women and girls raped in conflict
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Abortion

Commemorating White Ribbon Day in Ethiopia

Pathfinder’s Integrated Family Health Project in Ethiopia conducted a one-day panel discussion on gender-based violence.
Type: Press Release
Country: Ethiopia
Focus Area: Gender

Five digital payment innovations with the potential to transform development

Visa and NetHope grant recipients illustrate the power of digital payments.

With Pathfinder International’s mHMtaani project (Swahili for “mobile health for my community”), community health workers in Kenya’s coastal region use a mobile phone application to register clients, provide health services and upload data to the cloud so program managers can monitor and analyze patient care and outcomes. 

Death-dealing double standard of US policies toward women overseas

Ipas's Liz Maguire and Pathfinder's President + CEO Purnima Mane stand up for women's health overseas in an op-ed against the Helms Amendment.

For over 40 years, the Helms Amendment has been applied as a complete ban on abortion care in U.S.-funded global health programs -- with no exceptions.

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Focus Area: Abortion

Pathfinder stands by health care needs of ethnic minorities in Vietnam

Vietnam workshop
Pathfinder, in collaboration with Vietnam’s Committee for Ethnic and Minority Affairs and the Health Strategy & Policy Institutes of Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, disseminated the results of an assessment on the health care services for ethnic minorities of small population in Vietnam.

Pathfinder co-sponsors Politico ad on Helms Amendment

Pathfinder joins several peer organizations in the call to President Obama to provide access to abortion in cases of rape, incest, and life endangerment.

Successful site visit to our Integrated Family Health Program in Ethiopia

Katie Taylor of USAID visits our IFHP program in Ethiopia

Burundi: Using contraceptives to battle population growth

Burundi is showing great progress in achieving the ambitious worldwide goal of FP2020: 120 million more women and girls with access to contraceptives and information about family planning.

Since Pathfinder started working in Burundi in 2007, the contraceptive prevalence rate rose in Kayanza from 7% to nearly 30% in 2013 while in Muyinga province it went from 12% in 2007 to 35% in 2013.

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