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Pathfinder Celebrates 40 Years of Roe v. Wade; Challenges for Access to Safe, Legal Abortion Worldwide Remain

Photo of woman with abortion protest sign in Mozambique
Today, Pathfinder Internationals joins our friends, supporters, and allies around the world in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a momentous Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Abortion

2012 Was a Year for Women and Girls: Will We See the Same Momentum in 2013?

Pathfinder President Purnima Mane discusses 2012 as a "year for women", applauding the progress made for women's health throughout the world and weighing in on how we make 2013 even more progressive.

In March of this year, on International Women's Day, I asked, "Is 2012 the Year for Women and Girls?" Now, as we enter 2013, I find myself looking back on my call for stronger partnerships, more global coalitions and wondering, Are those enough?

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Focus Area: Advocacy

Pathfinder's Dr. Haris Ahmed Stresses Need to Address Maternal Mortality in Pakistan

Experts from Pathfinder International and the Marie Stopes Society emphasize the importance of family planning and birth spacing as a part of reducing the maternal mortality rate in Pakistan.

“Couples continue to suffer due to lack of awareness of modern family planning methods. Six percent of mothers of all ages die due to unsafe abortions. Keeping these facts in mind, the event focused on having a discussion on what should be done to address and eventually eradicate these maladies."

Linking Conservation And Development To Save Africa’s Largest Lake

In Western Tanzania, Pathfinder and the Nature Conservancy have teamed up to tackle issues in health and environment simultaneously with a project that recognizes the unique relationship of a population and their ecosystem.

This year, the Nature Conservancy is working with Pathfinder International in Western Tanzania to prove that protecting the health of individuals and their natural resources (food, water, soil) will improve their livelihoods significantly as opposed to only treating one issue.

Pathfinder Joins in Statement of Grief for NGO Deaths in Pakistan

Pathfinder International, as a member of the Pakistan Reproductive Health Network, joins in sharing the grief and outrage of other NGO and civil society organizations over the deaths of health workers in Pakistan.
Type: Press Release
Country: Pakistan
Focus Area: Advocacy

Pathfinder Chosen by USAID to Lead New Bangladesh NGO Health Service Delivery Project

Pathfinder is thrilled to announce we have been chosen to lead a new Bangladesh NGO Health Service Delivery Project. The project will support delivery of essential health care services through a network of NGO clinics in Bangladesh.
Type: Press Release
Country: Bangladesh
Focus Area: Systems Strengthening

Pathfinder Applauds Passage of Reproductive Health Bill in Philippines

On Monday, the Philippines passed a significant bill that will give millions of women the right to access contraception. The new measure will make contraceptives accessible through government health centers, including those in remote areas.

Pathfinder President Purnima Mane Featured on Gates Foundation's "Impatient Optimists"

Purnima Mane
Pathfinder International President Purnima Mane discusses the progress made toward guaranteeing sexual and reproductive health rights in honor of International Human Rights day.

Establishing reproductive rights as human rights for all should be a given in the 21st century. There should be no controversy. And thankfully, because of some amazing advocates, it’s within reach.

Reproductive Rights as Human Rights? Is the World Flat?

As we celebrate International Human Rights Day, a look at strides the global health community has made fighting for reproductive rights and the challenges ahead.

As we celebrate International Human Rights Day, there are still those around the world who think that reproductive rights are not human rights. For me, it is a simple concept: every person should be able to make decisions about her or his body. I see that in the young women and men Pathfinder International works with every day.

Sex workers’ convention kicks off, to focus on their rights

An Indian federation of community-based organizations supported by Pathfinder International holds its first statewide convention focused on the rights of social inclusion and protection for vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Pathfinder’s work in the state for past nine years has resulted in significant reduction of new HIV infections, said T K Jayarajan. This convention is the first-of-its-kind where specific issues of marginalised communities in accessing their rights for social inclusion and protection is being discussed.

Pathfinder Hails the Release of US Government Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation

Pathfinder Hails the Release of US Government Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation
In light of World AIDS Day on December 1st, Pathfinder congratulates the US Government for developing a bold and clear plan to contribute to the global fight against HIV and AIDS by applying a comprehensive, science-driven approach.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: HIV & AIDS

Pathfinder Applauds Latest UNFPA Report on Family Planning as Human Right

The State of the World Population 2012 report emphasizes a bold principle that Pathfinder has incorporated in its works for decades—that family planning is an intrinsic human right.

Special Event: London Summit on Family Planning: Where Do We Go from Here?

On November 13, 2012, Pathfinder International, Ibis Reproductive Health, MSH, JSI, and the Women and Health Initiative of the Harvard School of Public Health, will host a special event: The London Summit on Family Planning: Where do we go from here?

Pathfinder International Congratulates President Obama on Re-election

President Obama and American flag
Pathfinder congratulates President Obama on his re-election. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Obama Administration to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women, men, and young people in developing countries.

#ONEMums: Being ill – two different versions

In light of her own illness, a British mom traveling with ONE reflects on barriers to health care in Ethiopia and how a Pathfinder-organized health center is making a difference for thousands.

The health posts and this health center—funded by USAID and through a program with Pathfinder International and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health—make the difference to thousands of Ethiopians.

Pathfinder International Applauds Launch of First-Ever USAID Youth in Development Policy

On November 1, 2012, the USAID released its first-ever policy on Youth in Development. Pathfinder International applauds USAID for taking this important step to advance the rights and opportunities for young people around the world.

Let's Talk Sex

Awareness campaign changes attitude towards sexual health and family planning in Bihar, India.

The moment of awakening for Kumar came during a training programme by an international NGO on reproductive health and family planning. In 2001, Pathfinder initiated a project in Bihar on changing the reproductive behaviour of 650,000 people. Under the first (2001-04) and second phases (2005-08) of project PRACHAR (Promoting Change in Reproductive Behavior in Bihar), 30 local NGOs were trained to develop programmes to educate the youth in five districts, including Nalanda, Nawada, Patna, Gaya and Sheikhpura. Street plays and adolescent training programmes were held to increase mass appeal. During the wedding season, NGOs would visit couples before and after marriage to educate them on contraceptive use and spacing between children.

Pathfinder International Selected For The Girl Effect Global Giving Challenge

Pathfinder International is pleased to join the Girl Effect Global Giving Challenge. Pathfinder was selected as one of 70 organizations to compete to win the opportunity to be featured on the Girl Effect fundraising page on Global Giving.

WHO and FIGO Endorse Non-Pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment to Address Postpartum Hemorrhage

Woman in non-pneumatic anti-shock garment in Nigeria
Both the World Health Organization and FIGO have given early endorsement to the NASG before trials are complete, including it in their 2012 guidelines to address prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage.

Making Healthcare Happen for Rural Ethiopian Families

Blogger Asha Dornfest visits USAID-supported and Pathfinder-led IFHP project in rural Ethiopia as part of #ONEMoms.

These health posts — the one we visited was a shack stocked with a desk and basic medical supplies — are staffed by trained health extension workers. Health extension workers are local community members who have received training in basic medical procedures, and act almost like family doctors. They immunize children. They provide advice on nutrition and sanitation and family planning. They provide treatment for malaria and diarrhea. Often, they’re the only health care available to a community of 5000 or more people.

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