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Pathfinder International and UNFPA Renew Collaborative Commitment to Advance Family Planning, Gender Equality

Today, leaders from Pathfinder International and UNFPA signed a memorandum renewing the organizations’ collaborative commitment to advance family planning and gender equality worldwide.

Pathfinder Joins Newly-Established Cancer Committee in Ethiopia

Cervical Cancer release
This week, Pathfinder International was honored to become a part of the newly-formed National Cancer Committee in Ethiopia.

India’s Golden Chance

Meera Subramanian explores the challenges related to sexual and reproductive health and rights that face women and girls in India as well as Jagriti, a Pathfinder campaign about the harms of early marriage.

Behind the headlines of sexual violence is a culture where girls are forced into marriage and early motherhood. How will India's next generation break the cycle?

Get Angry: 41 Years After ‘Roe,’ Thousands of Women Are Dying From Unsafe Abortions

41 years after Roe v. Wade, women continue to lose their lives to unsafe abortion because of regressive policies here in the US and abroad. Enough is enough

Policy makers in the United States continue to dictate “what’s best” for women’s health with zero regard for the women themselves. Meanwhile, the world’s women pay the price with their freedom and their lives.

Forty-one years after Roe v. Wade, we’re losing ground on the right to abortion, and what’s more, we’re exporting our regressive policies elsewhere.

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Focus Area: Abortion

Roe v. Wade Anniversary Calls for Redoubling of Support for Women’s Rights to Safe, Legal Abortion Worldwide

On a day that should be reserved for celebrating progress on women’s rights, Pathfinder is deeply concerned about the negative effects domestic policy battles could have on US foreign policy and safe abortion rights in the countries where we work.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Abortion

Use of Contraceptives on the Rise in Bihar, India

Pathfinder President Purnima Mane discusses reproductive health issues affecting Bihar, India and how Pathfinder programs like PRACHAR and JAGRITI are making a difference.

Panel Examines What Drives Health Advancements in Bangladesh

Pathfinder's Dr. Halida Akhter reports on a recent panel's discussion around what has driven health advancements in Bangladesh and how those findings can be applied elsewhere.

Pathfinder International Outraged by New Law Restricting LGBT Rights in Nigeria

Less than a month ago, we expressed our deep concern regarding the enactment of anti-LGBT laws in both India and Uganda. At that time, we pledged to redouble our efforts in support of human rights for everyone, everywhere we work.

Ethiopia's Model Families Hailed as Agents of Social Transformation

The Guardian's Claire Provost recently visited Pathfinder's Integrated Family Health Project in Ethiopia to explore the root of the country's success in family planning throughout the past decade.

Wudinesh Demisse raises her hand above her head, showing off the matchstick-sized birth-control implant embedded just beneath the skin of her upper arm.

Wudinesh, 28, is a farmer in rural West Arsi, in Ethiopia's central Oromia region. With three children already, Wudinesh says it is time to stop. "For me, three is enough," she says, through a translator. "If they are too many, they are too expensive."

Ethiopian Women Pay High Price for US Aid Abortion Restrictions

Despite tremendous progress on family planning in Ethiopia, organizations like Pathfinder still see Ethiopian women paying a high price for USAID abortion restrictions related to the Helms Amendment.

"Any primary health clinic that doesn't provide abortions is a missed opportunity," said Demet Güral, a physician and vice-president of programmes at Pathfinder International.

Even if women have access to contraception, there are always failure rates, says Güral, and it is essential they can access safe abortion if needed.

"Especially for youth; most are not married, they have a future. How can you talk about family planning for youth and not talk about abortion?

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

How Mad Would You Be If Your Doctor Acted Like This?

222 million women worldwide lack access to contraception. Together, we can change that. Pathfinder's "No Joke. Choice Matters" video is a snapshot of the issues women face in accessing sexual and reproductive health services every day.

Making patients walk 18 miles to a clinic with a UTI? Requiring their husband's permission to get birth control? Women deserve better health care than this.

The return of the female condom?

Pathfinder's "Female Condoms Are Power, Protection, Pleasure" is featured in a BBC News story about the return of the female condom, a method of contraception empowering women around the world.

The Female Condom 2 is far more successful than many in the West realise. It is available in 138 countries, sales have more than doubled since 2007, and the Female Health Company has been turning a profit for eight years.

The vast majority of sales are to four customers - the US aid agency (USAID), the UN and the ministries of health in Brazil and South Africa. Donors and public health officials are keen on anything that gives women the upper hand in what they call "condom negotiation" with men.

Family Planning: Coverage, Access to Services Poor, Says Report by Pathfinder International and UNFPA

According to a new study conducted by Pathfinder International and UNFPA, coverage and access to family planning services remains a challenge in Pakistan.

Tauseef Ahmed, Pathfinder International’s country representative said, “Devolution was done in a hurry without capacity-building of provincial counterparts for their new responsibilities.” Family planning is the right of every woman and by depriving them, you’re putting their lives at stake, he added.

Pathfinder Joins World in Mourning the Loss of Visionary Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Pathfinder joins the world in mourning the loss of a visionary, leader, ally, and friend—Nelson Mandela. Mandela, who passed away on December 5, 2013, was formerly the President of South Africa, a Nobel Peace Laureate, and a champion of human rights.
Type: Press Release
Country: South Africa
Focus Area: Advocacy

Take Action Before December 31! Vote for Pathfinder to Receive CREDO Mobile Funds

This spring, Pathfinder was delighted to be selected as one of 40 nonprofit organizations that will receive donations from the millions of dollars generated by CREDO mobile, long distance, and credit card customers in 2013.

Giving to #mHealth on #GivingTuesday

Looking for a way to give back on #GivingTuesday? The mHealth Alliance lists nine different organizations, including Pathfinder International, that you can support to advance mhealth in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

If you especially care about supporting organizations that are helping to advance mHealth, consider using the power of your generosity on #GivingTuesday to support one or more of the fantastic organizations that the mHealth Alliance has funded through our Innovation Working Group catalytic grants program. The programs we support through the IWG grants aim to improve maternal, newborn and child health through the use of mobile technology.

Reduce Early Marriage, Save Lives

Pathfinder's Bangladesh Country Representative Halida Akhter writes about the harmful effects of child marriage and early childbirth and efforts to change these norms to promote a brighter and healthier future for girls everywhere.

Today nearly half of the world population is under the age of 25 with young people of age 10-24 making up to 30-40 percent of the entire population in most developing countries. Worldwide, every year, more than 14 million girls are married before they turn 18. Every day, some 37,000 girls are robbed of their childhood.

Rural Ethiopians Spread Good Health Habits Over Coffee

Thousands of women in Ethiopia have joined a Health Development Army to turn the time-honored cultural practice of drinking coffee together into an opportunity to spread the word about better health practices in their rural communities.

“The Women Development Army are women that have implemented the health extension program of government very well so that others in their communities can see what they are benefitting out of this health extension program so that they can adapt or adopt what this Women Development Army are doing,” said Tariku Nigatu, who works with Pathfinder International in Ethiopia.

Top 10 Moments from the 3rd International Conference on Family Planning

Pathfinder's President Purnima Mane makes a video appearance in the "Top 10 Moments from the 3rd International Conference on Family Planning."

Tune in to hear "voices to inspire" speak from the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Tanzania Likely to Fall Short On Its Family Planning Targets

Tanzania will likely fall short of its 2015 reproductive health targets, which aim to reduce one million abortions, 2.9 million unintended births, and 18,000 maternal deaths that occur every year because of poor of access to family planning services.

Pasiens Mapunda, a reproductive health expert at Pathfinder International, told IRIN that while "women are beginning to take up family planning and facility births are increasing" challenges such as "inadequate health facilities, long distance[s] from homes to the nearest available hospital and even low staffing still remain and needs to be dealt with."

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