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Honoring Those Lost in Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

As the International AIDS Conference comes to a close, Pathfinder recognizes the lives we lost in Flight 17.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: HIV & AIDS

Saving Pregnant Mothers: Red Flag Approach

Pathfinder's Surjer Hashi Clinic (Smiling Sun) has unified Bangladesh's Teknaf community towards one goal: save pregnant mother. Among the many innovations introduced by clinic, one has been the demarcation of houses occupied by pregnant mothers with red flags - enabling neighbors to come together and help that particular family when required.

"As Mariam Bibi, near 30 with two children said in her own words, 'When I was pregnant the second time, my husband, a small trader was unable to take proper care for me. Moreover, our house is so far from upazila health complex, regular check-ups were not possible. In the mean time Surjer Hashi Clinic came forward to help me prevent health problems associated with pregnancy. They hung a red flag atop my house so that everybody could see and understand the need to help pregnant mothers like me.'"

Pathfinder Responds to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Purnima Mane releases statement from Melbourne in advance of the 20th International AIDS Conference
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Advocacy

Experts Stress Need to Invest in Youth on World Population Day

Demographic expert Dr Tauseef Ahmed, while speaking at a workshop organised by non-government organisations Subh-e-Nau and Pathfinders, said that if we fail to invest in the youth, not only they will be unskilled and uneducated but they will stay unemployed.

World Population Day: Call for Concrete Measures to Curb Growth

Pathfinder International head Dr Tauseef Ahmed said that most of the youth was now being dubbed “uneducated, unskilled, and devoid of aspirations”. He said growing population is a cross-cutting issue all over the world, he said.

Pakistan: Where Mothers Are Also Children

Dr. Tauseef Ahmed, Pakistan country director of Pathfinder International, a non-profit organisation working to improve adolescent and youth access to sexual and reproductive health services in more than 30 countries, says that early pregnancy is not uncommon among teenage brides. In fact, having a baby is a way of proving one’s fertility, and the values of adolescent pregnancy are “protected by women and girls themselves,” he told IPS.

Reproductive Rights Take Centre Stage at U.N. Special Session

As the UN continues negotiations on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals for its post-2015 development agenda, population experts are hoping reproductive health will be given significant recognition in the final line-up of the goals later this year.

“I would hope the upcoming U.N. session will highlight the need to include sexual and reproductive health and rights upfront as a core component of the Sustainable Development Goals as the Open Working Group continues to develop its proposal,” said Purnima Mane, President & CEO of Pathfinder International.

Conference Shines Spotlight on Family Planning in Myanmar

Family Planning Conference
Pathfinder International joins Myanmar’s Ministry of Health in hosting the three-day Family Planning Best Practices Conference beginning Monday, June 30, 2014.

Launching a New National Strategy for Preventing Child Marriage in Egypt

Group of stakeholders gather at launch
On June 16, with funding from the Ford Foundation, Pathfinder International in Egypt, in conjunction with the National Population Council, launched a new national strategy for preventing child marriage.

New Video from CSIS Examines Impact of Family Planning in Ethiopia

See Ethiopians—rural women, an Orthodox Priest, the First Lady of Ethiopia, and more—share why they believe family planning is key to their country’s development.

“Women build the society. They build a nation. And investing in family planning is investing in the future.”-Dr. Tewodros Bekele, Director of Maternal, Child Health & Nutrition Programs, Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health

Building Local Currency: Three Lessons from Successful Advocacy Projects in the Global South

With funding from the Tides Foundation, Pathfinder's Money Well Spent project encourages districts to fund family planning and reproductive health services.
Type: Pathfinder in the News
Country: Tanzania
Focus Area: Advocacy

Delivering Quality Maternal Health Services in Rural India, the Role of the Private Sector

World Health Partners and Pathfinder International are partnering, using a social franchising approach, to leverage rural human resources in order to extend maternal health coverage.

The Tragedy of False Honor: Why Violence Against Women Must Stop

In just the last two months, a young, pregnant Pakistani woman is stoned to death by her own family because they did not approve of her marriage. In Nepal, a man set his pregnant wife on fire in a demand for a dowry. In India, two young girls were found hanging after being gang-raped.

"There is no honor in these vicious acts and so-called 'honor' killings. They are just dire reminders that violence against women is alive and well. They diminish women to nothing more than disposable property, devoid of rights. This must come to an end."

Launching a New Service in Tanzania: Information and Self-Screening for Tuberculosis on Your Mobile Phone

With support from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Pathfinder joins WHO and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to launch Tanzania’s first-ever self-screening tool for tuberculosis via mobile phones.

In Memoriam: Jeannie Rosoff, Champion for Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights

Pathfinder mourns the loss of Jeannie Rosoff, a champion for women's sexual and reproductive health and rights, who served on Pathfinder International’s Board of Directors from 1994-1999. Rosoff was a true Pathfinder—blazing a trail for others to follow. She was one of the first in the field to see the critical role evidence can play in effecting policy change. The Guttmacher Institute honors Rosoff, their founder and former president, saying:

Jeannie’s contributions to the Institute and to the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights are nothing short of momentous. She was a driving force behind the creation of the Title X program...

Dr. Mengistu Asnake Elected President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations

Mengistu Asnake
On May 18, 2014, Dr. Mengistu Asnake, Pathfinder International’s Country Representative in Ethiopia and Chief of Party for the Integrated Family Health Program, was elected President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

Pathfinder Condemns the Kidnapping of Nigerian School Girls

A group of girls from Nigeria
One month ago, nearly 300 Nigerian school girls were thrust into an unimaginable nightmare.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Advocacy

Initiative Launched to Bring Down Maternal Mortality Rate in India

MSD for Mothers launched a new initiative to reduce maternal mortality rates in India this week, naming Pathfinder International as one of three nonprofit partners that will implement project activities.
Notwithstanding India's "rapid" economic growth, higher infant and maternal mortality rates are "robbing" Indian women and girls of their chances to make a contribution, National Commission for Women chief Mamata Sharma said today.

Commission on Population and Development Champions Reproductive Health and Rights for Sustainable Development

This past weekend, national governments called for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of the emerging sustainable development framework at the Commission on Population and Development.

Mothers Against Malnutrition

In Burundi, most of the population is affected by acute food insecurity, climate hazards and limited access to land. Pathfinder is one organization working to address the resulting malnutrition.

In recognition of the crucial role of mothers in reducing Burundi's shocking malnutrition rates, Pathfinder International has launched the Mamans Lumières programme in June 2011, to empower mothers to improve the health of their children.

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