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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

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.

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.

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."

Five Pioneers Take EXCELL Awards

Five family planning leaders were recognized today for driving extraordinary progress in expanding access to contraceptive information and services at the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP 2013)

Dr. Mengistu Asnake of Ethiopia is the second recipient of the 2013 EXCELL award for family planning achievement at the individual level. Dr. Asnake is Pathfinder International’s Country Representative in Ethiopia, and also serves as its Chief of Party for the Integrated Family Health Program. Dr. Asnake has played a key role in the development of national family planning strategies and guidelines.

Pathfinder's Purnima Mane: Inspired by Youth and Intergenerational Collaboration

Purnima Mane, FHI360 video
Pathfinder's President and CEO Purnima Mane discusses the power of young people at the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Pathfinder International’s Mengistu Asnake Accepts Award for Excellence in Family Planning

Mengistu Asnake accepts EXCELL Award
Pathfinder International is proud to announce that our very own Dr. Mengistu Asnake accepted one of the first ever Excellence in Leadership for Family Planning (EXCELL) Awards at the close of this week’s International Conference on Family Planning

Closing Remarks at the Third International Family Planning Conference

In her closing remarks at the International Conference on Family Planning, US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richards discussed global progress toward universal family planning access.

Civil society and NGOs are also essential to these efforts. A USAID partnership with Pathfinder International and John Snow, Inc. is using innovative task-sharing programs to expand access to long-acting contraceptives in rural areas through community-based provision of implants.

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.

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.

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.

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