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mHealth Compendum Volume 5 features Pathfinder's mhealth projects

Pathfinder's mhealth projects in Nigeria and Tanzania are highlighted in the latest volume of the mHealth Compendum.

Pathfinder Looks to Mobile Technology to Improve Vietnam’s Continuing Medical Education

Vietnam mCME story
With funding from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, Pathfinder has begun a new project to test the effectiveness of a mobile phone-based continuing medical education strategy among Vietnamese community-based physician assistants.
Type: Press Release
Country: Viet Nam
Focus Area: Systems Strengthening

Some thoughts on disrespect and abuse in childbirth in response to FIGO’s Mother–Baby Friendly Birthing Facilities Initiative

Women everywhere deserve respectful, affordable, quality maternal care. The guidelines for mother–baby friendly birthing facilities recently developed are an important contribution to that end. Like FIGO, Pathfinder International has observed that facility delivery/skilled birth attendance does not guarantee quality of care or a reduction in maternal morbidity and mortality.

Pathfinder President & CEO Purnima Mane Named FACCNE's Leading Woman

3 Sixty Global's Marion Estienne sits with Purnima Mane to discuss her career path, her passions, and the road ahead in the FACCNE's Women in Business Network's latest newsletter.

Maine Women’s Fund Honors Those Who Have Made a Difference

Judy Kahrl, founder of Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights and support of Pathfinder International, received the Sarah Orne Jewett Award.

Pathfinder Supporter Judy Kahrl Accepts Maine Women’s Fund Leadership Award

Judy Kahrl
Judy Kahrl, a longtime advocate for Pathfinder International, accepted the Maine Women’s Fund’s Sarah Orne Jewett Award on May 19, 2015 at a luncheon in Portland, Maine.

Nigeria Antenatal Care Study Published by PLOS ONE

Pathfinder's Assessment of the Quality of Antenatal Care Services Provided by Health Workers Using a Mobile Phone Decision Support Application in Northern Nigeria Study was published in the PLOS ONE journal.
Type: Press Release
Country: Nigeria
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

SMS Contraception Messages Reach Thousands of Mozambican Youth

The Health COMpass is proud to showcase mCenas! as the latest Spotlight project. mCenas!, an interactive two-way SMS system, reduced the barriers youth face in starting or continuing to use contraception.

Chevron Donates Ambulance to Bibiyana Clinic

Chevron
Chevron Bangladesh President Kevin Lyon handed over an ambulance for two Smiling Sun clinics, established by Chevron to serve the communities near its Bibiyana gas field. Implemented by international NGO Pathfinder International, the clinics are under the nationwide USAID-sponsored Smiling Sun Franchise Program.

Pathfinder Mourns Loss of Valerie DeFillipo

Pathfinder International mourns the loss of Valerie DeFillipo, and we extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Mulheres em Idade Fértil Desconhecem Métodos Contraceptivos

A recent study in Mozambique found that of 1,432 women surveyed, 66% had never used any contraception.

The Current State of Play of Research on the Social, Political and Legal Dimensions of HIV

State of play HIV
This paper offers a critical overview of social science research presented at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Programa Geração Biz, Mozambique: How Did This Adolescent Health Initiative Grow from a Pilot to a National Programme, and What Did It Achieve?

MZ Case Study
Rita Badiani joins a team of experts in conducting a systematic review of the literature to gather information on Pathfinder's Geração Biz.

Positive Strides in Tackling Maternal, Newborn Mortality

Degefech
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.

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.

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

UNICEF lessons learned
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.

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