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Former UNFPA Executive Director, African NGO, Win 2015 UN Population Award

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, a former Executive Director of UNFPA and a current Pathfinder board member, has won the 2015 United Nations Population Award.

Positive Strides in Tackling Maternal, Newborn Mortality

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Degefech Ayele is a Health Extension Workers at Walana Health Post in Kacha Bira Woreda, Kembata Tembaro Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State. She and her fellow workers provide family planning, vaccination for children under five and other healthcare services for the environs.

UNICEF Releases Lessons on Strengthening Health Services and Outcomes for Adolescents Living with HIV

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UNICEF's new publication titled "Field Lessons: Strengthening Health Services and Outcomes for Adolescents Living with HIV" includes input from Pathfinder's Gwyn Hainsworth and Rita Badiani.

Life in the Clouds: Boosting Haitian Health Care Through Technology

A health worker brings higher quality services to her patients and better data access to medical staff through a device in the palm of her hand.

"Not everyone has the money for health care, but these people know that now there is someone looking after them and it gives comfort,” says Orvillus. “Plus, I’m so pleased to have this [the handheld device] because it improves the quality of the services I can bring.”

Lessons Learned from Pathfinder on Mobile Money Payments for CHWs

In a recent interview, Pathfinder’s Marion McNabb shared key lessons learned related to developing and implementing mobile money applications to pay community health workers.

Pathfinder International pays thousands of CHWs via mobile money for stipends and training costs in Tanzania, Kenya and more recently Haiti and Mozambique.

Mozambique: Study Shows Dismally Low Rate of Contraceptive Use

Pathfinder's mCenas program seen as ray of hope in addressing Mozambique's low rate of contraceptive use.

Programme Rekindling Dreams of Having a Healthy Child

Pathfinder's Integrated Family Health Program has managed to save the lives of mothers and newborns in the Woreda region of Ethiopia.

She enjoys a rapture of delight for becoming part of the achievement made by the government and USAID’s Integrated Family Health Programme, in what she described as a programme that helps the community rekindle its dream of having a healthy child.

A Good Investment on International Women's Day

Purnima Mane joins Jeni Klugman, Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Women in Public Policy Program Fellow, to share the economic benefits of investing in women's reproductive health.

What if you learned about an investment opportunity with an annual return of 120 times your initial contribution? What if this investment not only yielded benefits to you, but created long-standing social and economic benefits for families, communities and countries around the world? It might be hard to imagine, but this opportunity exists: it’s an investment in reproductive health for women and girls.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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
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