The latest in global sexual and reproductive health news

Challenging Population Growth: Family Planning Services Gloss Over Women’s Health Needs

Pathfinder International's Pakistan Country Representative Tauseef Ahmed discusses the state of family planning in Pakistan with the Express Tribune.

Tauseef said that during the last decade Pakistan’s family planning program was never given due priority in terms of perspective plan implementation. He emphasized that Pakistan needed ‘political will’ to re-design family planning services to reach out all needy women.  “We should have a clear and comprehensive policy to be managed by a commission with full authority,” he said.

UNFPA Explores Collaborative Partnership with Pathfinder International in the Area of Youth Programming

Senior management from UNFPA and Pathfinder International recently held high level talks on how similar programs implemented by the two organizations can be jointly enhanced to increase impact on Kenyans.

Under the maternal and newborn health program, Pathfinder is focused on improving Kenya's health status by supporting government health entities and communities to integrate and strengthen HIV, family planning and maternal and child health services.

Rapid Population Growth Constitutes Threat for Economy

Tauseef Ahmed, Pathfinder's Country Representative in Pakistan, writes about the need for political will to support and advance family planning initiatives in Pakistan.

Pakistan has a very high maternal mortality ratio implying more than 15,000 mother lose their lives in the process of giving birth. It is state’s responsibility to protect the lives of mothers. If Pakistani mothers are to live a health life then provision of family planning becomes their right—right to access and to choose and right to use.

Pathfinder International Selected as Visa Innovation Grant Recipient

Pathfinder is proud to announce it is one of five recipients of a Visa Innovation Grant. Visa Inc. in partnership with NetHope announced grants that are helping modernize the disbursement of funds in the fields of agriculture, health, and emergency relief.

The Dukuza Clinic: Providing Care for Young Mothers in South Africa

Paige Claassen shares photos and stories from her visit to Dukuza, a youth-friendly, Pathfinder-supported clinic that serves young mothers in South Africa.

Here, a staff of only three nurses deliver babies, provide AIDS testing and counseling, educate patients about family planning, and care for TB, diabetic, epileptic, and trauma patients, among a long list of other tasks. Dukuza serves between 100 and 200 patients each day, and with the current AIDS epidemic, pressure on the clinic to serve more patients grows.

News Round-Up: Supreme Court Rules in Pathfinder, Co-Plaintiffs' Favor in USAID v AOSI

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 in Pathfinder's favor in the anti-prostitution pledge case, USAID v AOSI. Below is a round-up of recent news coverage about the case as well as a link to our official statement and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision.

From Surfing to Saving Women’s Lives

Innovations to improve global health can come from unexpected places, like the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, which Pathfinder International uses in conjunction with our continuum of care approach to save mother's lives in places like Nigeria and India.

Nearly all maternal deaths occur in the developing world and, tragically, almost all are preventable. Many occur in areas with limited infrastructure: unreliable electricity, too few doctors and midwives, and inadequate equipment and supplies. Therefore, an easy-to-use, affordable technology to manage postpartum hemorrhage could save thousands of women’s lives each year.

Space-Age Technology Could Help Cut Maternal Deaths

The non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, which was demonstrated at Women Deliver 2013 a few weeks ago, is developed from NASA technology and is playing a major part in stopping postpartum hemorrhage in the countries in which Pathfinder works.

"Working in parts of the world where distance is the difference between life and death demands solutions that can begin in the community or in the home," said Purnima Mane, President and CEO of Pathfinder International.

After Women Deliver: Ensuring Evidence-Based Investments in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Women Deliver concluded with a unified call to action: invest in women and girls. As USAID's flagship project for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery, the E2A mandate is tied directly to that call.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pathfinder International and Fellow Co-Plaintiffs in USAID v AOSI

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This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 in favor of Pathfinder and our co-plaintiffs in USAID v AOSI, a case challenging a 2003 law requiring all groups receiving funds for HIV and AIDS work to have “a policy explicitly opposing prostitution.”

Technological Device Helps in War Against Maternal Mortality

As a part of Pathfinder's Continuum of Care model, the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment is helping save the lives of women suffering from postpartum hemorrhage.

"Having a medical problem during pregnancy can be stressful, even fatal under dire circumstances. However, knowing the solution and applying it at the right time can help save the lives of many. And that is what a new technological innovation known as non-pneumatic anti-shock garment has been modeled for: to save the lives of women who experience excessive bleeding after child birth."

Collaborative Group, Including Pathfinder's E2A, Launches New Training Tool for Full Range of Family Planning Services, Providers

To fill the need for a comprehensive, evidence-based tool for training health professionals in the safe and effective delivery of family planning services, the Evidence to Action Project finalized a groundbreaking new tool.

Using NASA Technology to Treat Postpartum Bleeding

NASA technology in the form of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment is saving mother's lives worldwide by preventing and stopping postpartum hemorrhage.

“Working in parts of the world where distance is the difference between life and death demands solutions that can begin in the community or in the home, and keep women safe at every stage,” said Purnima Mane, president and CEO of Pathfinder International, a non-profit family planning and reproductive health organization.

Mozambican Man Campaigns for Female Condom

The female condom has been making its way across developing countries, particularly those in the African continent. While many see this as a woman's commodity, one man in Mozambique is actively campaigning for it, too.

"The female condom still doesn't have the same attention as the male condom," Nina Yengo says. "Sometimes they're available at the government's medical warehouses for distribution, but they're last on the priority list to be delivered. It's not seen as an important product for medical centers like medicines are."

Maternal and Child Health: Achieving MDGs a Distant Dream for Pakistan

Investment in maternal and child health is key to moving Pakistan forward on the Millennium Development Goals.

To reduce maternal mortality the report recommends Pakistan continue efforts to increase coverage of high-quality services including family planning, antenatal and postnatal care, skilled delivery and emergency obstetric care.

Pathfinder International Makes Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Accessible to All

Pathfinder's work supports women like Aisha, a mother who suffered from postpartum hemorrhage when having her ninth child. By emphasizing family planning and the importance of pre- and postnatal care, Pathfinder reducing maternal mortality worldwide.

Aisha gave birth to her ninth child at home in Nigeria in 2009. Hemorrhaging and in shock, she was immediately rushed to the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital in Kano, northern Nigeria. Upon arrival her blood pressure was very low and she had lost a lot of blood, a leading cause of maternal death in developing countries.

Curbing Maternal Mortality in India

Doordarshan News covers the launch of Pathfinder International's maternal mortality project in India, an initiative in collaboration with World Health Partners and funded by Merck for Mothers.

"The health of women, especially pregnant women, is a matter of grave concern. In today's scenario, the health sector has seen so much advancement. More than 200 pregnant women out of 100,000 died during labor pains in (India). Although there has been significant strides in reducing the mother mortality rate, a lot needs to be done in tackling the problem."

Type: Press Release
Country: India
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

El Salvador Court's Decision to Deny Mother Life-Saving Abortion Unacceptable Violation of Human Rights

This week we were outraged to hear that El Salvador’s Supreme Court denied a young mother’s appeal to allow her doctors to perform a potentially life-saving abortion.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Abortion

When Just Saying "No" Is Not Enough

Katy Sorenson reflects on her visit to family planning projects in Peru with Pathfinder International and Population Action International, emphasizing the importance of sexual and reproductive health around the world.

Investments in family planning—whether at home or abroad—just make sense. Women who have access to a full range of effective contraceptive methods and reproductive health services are better able to protect themselves against HIV, more likely to get further education, and better able to earn a good living to support themselves and their families.

Bussi Communities and Preserving Lake Victoria

New Vision takes a look at how family planning and energy conservation go hand-in-hand on Bussi Island as part of Pathfinder's Health of People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin project.

The project uses integrated approaches to improve access to health services, especially family planning, sexual and reproductive health, while helping communities to manage natural resources and conserve the ecosystems on which they depend.

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