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Africa: Why Family Planning Is Central to Development

Ethiopia has made tremendous progress toward greater access to family planning in the past decade. Much of that success can be attributed to the Health Extension Program which brings primary health services to under-served areas of Ethiopia.

At a rural health post in the Tigray region, we spoke to a young woman named Meheret, who has been a health extension worker for eight years, and had received training through the USAID-funded Integrated Family Health Program implemented by Pathfinder International. She has seen many changes during that time but remembers well the tough challenges at the outset.

Pathfinder International Celebrates New Commitments to Family Planning

Photo of family planning services in Burundi
At this week's International Conference on Family Planning, the global health community celebrates progress toward the FP2020 commitments made at the London Summit on Family Planning and the announcement of five new national family planning commitments.

Cultural Barriers to Family Planning

Pathfinder experts led a session at the 3rd International Conference on Family Planning addressing socio-cultural barriers to accessing and using family planning as well as innovative approaches that can make a difference.

This Wednesday, at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Pathfinder International discussed innovative approaches for scaling-up family planning services in places where socio-cultural barriers play a significant role in hindering a women’s ability to plan her family.

Mobiles to Give Reproductive Health Info to Young People

Pathfinder International is bringing sexual and reproductive health information to young people in Mozambique and Ethiopia, recognizing their unique needs and respecting their rights.

Yesterday, at the International Conference on Family Planning, which is being held in Addis Ababa from 12-15 November, Pathfinder International’s technical advisor Cllie Simon said young people themselves helped identify the major barriers they face in accessing contraception. The organisation then designed two distinct mCeans! messages: one for those who are parenting and one for those who are not. Simon said: “We did it with the youth, by the youth, and for the youth.”

Communicating About Sexual Health with Young People: Lessons From Cats and Birds

At the International Conference on Family Planning, young people discussed their barriers to accessing information about sexual and reproductive health. New and innovative approaches like mhealth can be part of the solution.

As youth are more interconnected than ever, it is easy for them to pass on information to each other. Pathfinder is one organization now focusing on a digital strategy, and its new text messaging service was also discussed at the conference today.

Using Mobile Phones to Give Young People Full Access, Full Choice

Pathfinder International is meeting the unique needs of adolescents and youth by reaching them with information about sexual and reproductive health on their mobile phones.

Pathfinder International, for example, has taken advantage of the mobile phones’ popularity in Mozambique to reach out to young people. The organisation has introduced mCenas!, which means mobile scenes, the country’s first-ever youth-centric text messaging campaign. It delivers information and stories about sex and contraception to young people at the touch of a button.

Youth, Sex, & Mobile Phones: The Latest in Engaging Young People with Mobile Technology

mCenas! press release
1 in 3 people in Mozambique are between the ages of 10 and 24. Young Mozambicans have unique sexual and reproductive health needs and often face tremendous barriers to accurate information and quality services.

Pathfinder International Welcomes New Vice President of External Relations

This week, Scott Schroeder joined Pathfinder International as our new Vice President of External Relations.

Tailored to Fit: Programming for the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young Women in Africa

Africa's young women have unique sexual and reproductive health needs. This new article from New Security Beat follows a recent panel conversation featuring Pathfinder's Mengistu Asnake and Tanou Diallo on that very subject.

The first time Almaz, a teenager living in rural southern Ethiopia, went to the crowded health care clinic in her village to get contraception, she was told they only helped older women with children. The second time, she waited hours only to find out that her preferred method of contraception was out of stock. Almaz is just one example of the many adolescent girls and young women around the world with unmet needs.

One Year After Introduction, Contraceptive Implant Use Sees Rapid Increase in Peru

It’s only been a year since Pathfinder, UNFPA, and Peru’s Ministry of Health first introduced Implanon in Peru, but Pathfinder’s Peru Country Representative, Dr. Miguel Gutierrez, says the country is already seeing a rapid increase in the method’s use.

Pathfinder Partner Dr. Laura Stachel Nominated as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of the Year

Pathfinder is delighted to share that a friend of our maternal health work, Dr. Laura Stachel, has been nominated as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of the Year.

Pathfinder Welcomes Deputy Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Lands Global Team

Nina Hadley
Pathfinder International is pleased to announce that we will host Nina Hadley, Deputy Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Lands Global Team, from October 22-25, as part of her fellowship sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.
Type: Press Release
Country: Tanzania
Focus Area: Behavior Change

Your Vote Helps Pathfinder Provide More Lifesaving Health Services With Support From CREDO Mobile

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.

Pathfinder International Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer, Mike Zeitouny

Mike Zeitouny
This week, Pathfinder International welcomes Mike Zeitouny as our new Chief Financial Officer. Mike has nearly 25 years of experience in the financial arena.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Advocacy

Pathfinder International Programs Currently Not Affected By Government Shutdown

Congress
Today, the United States Federal Government shut down for the first time since 1995 when the U.S. House and Senate failed to pass the spending bill necessary to fund federal programs for the upcoming fiscal year.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Advocacy

Pathfinder Chosen by USAID to Lead New Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haiti Central and South Project

Haiti announcement
Pathfinder International is pleased to announce that we have been chosen by USAID to lead a new five-year, $56.7 million project in Haiti – Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haiti (SSQH) Central and South.

Pathfinder Announces New Partnership Supporting Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health in India

Pathfinder International is delighted to announce a new partnership with the state government in Haryana, India. The intervention will help strengthen key components of the Reproductive Maternal Neonatal Child Health + Adolescents program.

Speakers Say Family Planning Enhances Investment in Human Capital

Pathfinder International staff held a workshop in Pakistan to discuss family planning and its link to economic progress and to share findings from an in-depth study of the state of family planning nationwide.

According to Pathfinder's study, the targets and goals related to family planning have not been achieved due to lack of clear policies, planning, a governance mechanism and limited coordination among relevant stakeholders. It also mentioned that coverage and access was found lacking as the departments of health did not own the program.

Pathfinder Awarded New Grant to Improve Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health through Mobile Health Services

mHealth Nigeria
Pathfinder International is delighted to announce that we have been chosen as one of several winners of a new grant from mHealth Alliance and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

Pathfinder Staff Safe and Accounted For After Attack in Nairobi

This weekend, several gunmen opened fire in a shopping mall located in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 62 and injuring 175. The gunmen took an undetermined number of hostages and although several have been released, it is unclear if all are accounted for.
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