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JAGRITI: Stop Child Marriage Campaign

The Elders Visit Pathfinder-Supported Initiative to Stop Child Marriage
To further youth engagement on ending child marriage, Pathfinder is incubating a youth-led and youth-centric campaign—JAGRITI (which means ‘awakening’ in Hindi) in Bihar, a state with high rates of child marriage.

Ensuring Access to Safe, Legal Abortion: A Global Movement Grows

On September 28th, women’s health groups will come together to mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe, Legal Abortion. Pathfinder's Purnima Mane and Planned Parenthood MA's Dianne Luby, joined together to share their thoughts on RH Reality Check.

Sarah O., a young mother in Ghana, is one woman who faced an impossible decision about her body and health. Already struggling to support six children, Sarah learned she was pregnant with a seventh. She traveled to a local clinic where she sought the advice and counsel of one of the nurses on staff, in confidence. The nurse did not think Sarah should end the pregnancy. When she was unable to convince Sarah to raise another child, the nurse told Sarah to carry the pregnancy to term and then she or one of the other nurses would adopt the child. Sarah left the clinic and returned home. A few days later, the staff at the clinic learned that Sarah had died from sepsis after attempting to terminate the pregnancy herself. This sad loss might have been avoided if Sarah had received appropriate counseling, nonjudgmental care, and had genuine access to her full range of options.

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Focus Area: Abortion

Pathfinder International Joins Global Day of Action for Access to Safe, Legal Abortion

On September 28th, national and international women’s health groups will come together in their respective countries – some acting openly for the first time—to mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe, Legal Abortion.

Sex Workers Stand Up Against Forced Vargani Collection

This Ganesh festival, commercial sex workers at Budhwar Peth can heave a sigh of relief as the demand for vargani (monetary contribution) has gone down considerably. Sex workers have stood up for their rights and protested against forcible collections.

 “Ever since the CLC was set up as part of a project by Pathfinder International’s programme — Mukta — women have found a platform from where they can discuss their concerns and interests,” says T K Jayarajan, deputy director (documentation), Pathfinder International.

In Defense of Misoprostol – Protecting Women’s Rights to Lifesaving Maternal Health Care

This month a study was published that questions the WHO’s decision to list misoprostol for prevention of postpartum hemorrhage. Leading experts at Pathfinder International have carefully reviewed this new study and find its methodology flawed.

The business of women and children's health

New innovative partnerships with the private sector are key to meeting the UN's millennium development goals

"In the four minutes I have to speak, two or three women will have died in childbirth." With this stark observation, Purnima Mane, chief executive of health NGO, Pathfinder International, reminded an audience of more than 100 company executives, ministers and global health leaders why they were gathered together.

IAVI Welcomes New Members Purnima Mane and Alice P. Albright to Board of Directors

Pathfinder President and CEO, Purnima Mane, joins the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Board of Directors.

"As a former member of IAVI’s Policy Advisory Committee, I have long believed that the development of a safe and effective HIV vaccine is essential to bringing an end to the AIDS pandemic,” Purnima Mane, President and CEO of Pathfinder International, said. “That conviction has been reinforced continually over nearly three decades of work in areas related to AIDS and sexual and reproductive health. I look forward to working with IAVI to help make the goal of a broadly effective AIDS vaccine a reality.”

Pathfinder International at the 2012 International AIDS Conference

 Pathfinder International at the 2012 International AIDS Conference
Pathfinder is pleased to have more than 20 posters, presentations and events at the 2012 International AIDS Conference. Learn more about our presence in DC July 22-27, 2012.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: HIV & AIDS

Youth and Yearning

With support from Johnson & Johnson, Pathfinder launched a health learning program for in- and out-of-school youth in Can Tho city and Thai Nguyen province to change attitudes and improve knowledge about HIV through life skills-based education.

“I remembered our life-skills forums where we had an opportunity to deal with similar scenarios. I was confident to share with him my feelings, my nervousness and my expectation that I preferred to delay,” one young woman said.  “He agreed with me and showed respect to me. I was very happy.”

Pathfinder Organizes Workshop on Policies for Ethnic Minority Students in Medical Education in Viet Nam

Pathfinder Organizes Workshop on Preferential Policies for Ethnic Minority Students in Medical Education in Viet Nam
On July 17th, 2012 Pathfinder collaborated with the Parliamentary Committee for Social Affairs to organize a workshop to review existing policies for ethnic minority students in medical education.
Type: Press Release
Country: Viet Nam
Focus Area: Systems Strengthening

Family Planning Summit on World Population Day Heralds a New Era of Hope

Today’s landmark Family Planning Summit hailed the right of every woman to choose if, when and how often to bear children and marked a return of world attention to an essential human right and the core of Pathfinder’s work: access to contraception.

Lack of Political Will, Funding Killing Pakistani Women

One in every 89 Pakistani women will die of childbirth-related causes compared to 1 in 8,000 in the developed world.

“We have committed a lot but funding support toward the achievement of these is quite insufficient. With this pace of growth and lack of family planning policy it is difficult for Pakistan to achieve the targets by 2015, rather it would require the next 10 years to do achieve these goals,” Tauseef Ahmed, Pathfinder's Pakistan Country Representative, said.

Pathfinder Pledges Additional $3 million Over 2 Years for Family Planning

Pathfinder Pledges Additional $3 million Over 2 Years for Family Planning
Today at the Family Planning Summit, Pathfinder International’s president, Purnima Mane, announced that Pathfinder will commit an additional $3 million by 2014 to its already robust family planning related programs.

Pathfinder International Joins DFID and Gates Family Planning Summit in London

Photo of family planning services in Burundi
On July 11, the UK Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with UNFPA and other partners, will hold a groundbreaking Family Planning Summit in London.

Pathfinder Applauds Decline in Maternal Mortality

New maternal mortality estimates confirm that the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth is declining. In the last 20 years, maternal mortality has nearly halved—a significant step forward. However, 800 women a day are still dying.

Pathfinder Supports Push for Addressing Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs at UN Commission on Population and Development

Pathfinder International showed its commitment to addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights of the world’s young people by collaborating to develop an NGO community sign-on letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Sex workers assert their rights in Pune

Female sex workers in Budhwar Pethare are asserting their civic rights and negotiating with police and civic officials to change their situation, backed by Pathfinder International.

“With our help, the women decided to get together and address their issues collectively. Hence, we held elections in June 2011 and a core committee of 12 FSWs got elected. The task before them was not just related to their business like ensuring no minors in brothels or propagating condom usage but taking up issues beyond their profession," said Dr Khursid Bhalla from Pathfinder International.

Pathfinder Supports WHO Guidance on Hormonal Contraceptives and HIV

Today the World Health Organization released their much-anticipated recommendations on hormonal contraceptives and HIV. Pathfinder was pleased to participate in the consultation and supports WHO's position.

Global activists against child marriage garner support in S.Asia

In order to curb high-rates of early marriage, charities like Pathfinder International are supporting "Girls Not Brides" movement.

Representatives from charities in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka gathered in New Delhi last week at the regional launch of the "Girls Not Brides" alliance created by Tutu, 80, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for speaking out against white minority rule in South Africa.

The Elders Visit Pathfinder-Supported Initiative to Stop Child Marriage

The Elders Visit Pathfinder-Supported Initiative to Stop Child Marriage
Yesterday, a delegation of The Elders met a group of approximately 20 young people from Jagriti, a new youth-led social change campaign against child marriage, which is supported by Pathfinder International.
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