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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.

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

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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).

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 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.

Community Empowerment in Mozambique through Integrated Systems Strengthening

A new blog from PSI highlights Pathfinder's Integrated Systems Strengthening Approach as used in our Strengthening Communities through Integrated Programming in Mozambique.

One of the most important indicators of SCIP’s progress to date therefore is the steady increase in couple years of protection (CYP) over the life of the project, from 31,131 in the first year to 71,750 at the end of year three. In fact, year three data underestimate CYP because they do not include implants, which were introduced in May 2012.

The Surge to Ensure Healthy Community

In Ethiopia, organizations like Pathfinder International are helping to reduce national maternal mortality and morbidity rates by improving access to family planning and maternal health care.

Dr. Mengistu Asnake, IFHP Head and Pathfinder Country Director, said the program supports the Ethiopian Public Health System on Reproductive Health, particularly on Family Planning and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. He said significant achievements are registered in IFHP project implementation regions. Commendable successes have been registered in intensifying efforts to prevent causes of maternal morbidity and mortality by improving access to family planning and maternal health care.

Ethiopian Ministry of Health to Subsidize Chemotherapy Drugs, Expand Cervical Cancer Prevention Efforts

This week, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health announced a nationwide expansion of cervical cancer prevention efforts. The ministry is working with Pathfinder International to expand diagnostics early screening services from just 25 hospitals to 118 total.

Pathfinder International Country Representative Dr. Mengistu Asnake said Pathfinder is supporting prevention of cervical cancer program primarily to stop the development of the disease to a serious stage. Accordingly, it is providing training, technical and material support for service providers.

A Low-Cost, Life-Saving Intervention

In India, Pathfinder International trains health providers on the use of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, a low-cost and innovative device used to treat postpartum hemorrhage and save mothers' lives.

Last year, the WHO, in its latest recommendation on managing postpartum hemorrhage, endorsed the use of non-pneumatic anti-shock garments (NASGs) ‘as a temporising measure till appropriate care is available’ and suggested that national guidelines be reviewed to include NASGs as a low-tech first aid for postpartum hemorrhage.

Healthy Habitats

This update discusses Pathfinder and its partners' progress on population, health, and environment work in Tanzania.

In 2011, when the Nature Conservancy joined forces with healthcare nonprofit Pathfinder International, the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Tanzanian government, the partners hoped to disrupt a deepening cycle of overfishing, habitat destruction, and poverty around Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika.

Pathfinder Encourages Adolescents and Health Workers to Contribute to World Health Organization’s New Report

Pathfinder is thrilled to see that the World Health Organization (WHO) is currently developing a report, Health for the World’s Adolescents, that will outline recent research and the growing consensus on the importance of adolescent health.

First Report Highlighting NASG Use Outside of Clinical Trials Published by Pathfinder International and the University of California San Francisco

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Pathfinder International is thrilled to announce the publication of the paper "Comorbidities and Lack of Blood Transfusion May Negatively Affect Maternal Outcomes of Women with Obstetric Hemorrhage Treated with NASG" in the PLOS ONE Open Access journal.

Pathfinder Egypt Office Closed Due to Political Unrest, All Staff Are Safe

This morning, Pathfinder International received word that the Egyptian government has declared a national state of emergency due to a recent upsurge in violence and political unrest.

Financial Inclusion Through Aid Disbursement

Pathfinder International recently received a Visa Innovation Grant from Visa and NetHope to modernize its community health worker payroll system in Kenya. The system will be paired with electronic employee activity tracking, aiding access to field data.

Each year billions of dollars in cash payments are distributed by development organizations to individuals in need. Across sectors including agriculture, health, and emergency relief, cash payments are dispersed with the intent of imparting a lasting impact on their recipients. As we’ve discussed in this space previously, dealing with cash instead of electronic payments brings risks and inefficiencies to the parties involved, both development organizations and their payments recipients, too, who are likely to have a lot at stake.

How Health Impact Metrics Contribute to Global Health Program Decisions

PSI highlights a recent special supplement in the journal BMC Public Health sponsored and published by PSI, Pathfinder International, MSI, and UCSF, called, "Use of Health Impact Metrics for Programmatic Decision Making in Global Health."

Patricia H David, Director of Research and Metrics at Pathfinder International, explains, "The supplement was stimulated by the growing interest in finding a set of common metrics that can be used at both the programmatic and global level for making decisions and setting priorities for action. As more organizations look to adopt such metrics, there is an increasing need for a published evidence base that can be used to inform and align measurement."

Female Condom Empowerment Groups in Mozambique

This new blog discusses Pathfinder's work with female condoms in Mozambique, where we help ensure access to female condoms in health facilities and supports the training of providers to counsel and provide services related to female condoms.

In Mozambique, Pathfinder International helps to ensure access to female condoms in health facilities and supports the training of providers to counsel and provide services related to female condoms. In these health facilities female condoms are introduced in ‘Empowerment Groups’. Groups of women gather to discuss negotiating condom use with their partners and how to use the condom correctly.

Op-Ed: Latin America Lags on Reproductive Rights

Pathfinder's President and CEO Purnima Mane discusses why, despite progress, barriers to reproductive rights in Latin America remain a challenge.

In the last decade, several countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region have had the opportunity to experience economic growth and establish redistributive fiscal policies aimed at reducing poverty, reducing inequality and improving the coverage and quality of health, education and social protection services.

What do Mobile Money and mHealth Offer Each Other?

This blog examines what mobile money and mHealth initiatives can offer each other, citing Pathfinder International's work with mobile payments to community health workers in Tanzania as an example.

Mobile money may also help enable project scale up. Pathfinder transferred $1.8 million to community health workers by mobile payments over 18 months, making it one of the top mobile payment customers in Tanzania. Mobile payments enabled Pathfinder to scale up to 200 trainings within three months, which helped them better perform their project goals.

House and Senate Committees Approve Drastically Different Funding Bills for Global Health Programs

Last week, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved vastly different bills to fund U.S. foreign assistance programs, including global health programs for international family planning, maternal and child health, and HIV and AIDS.

Purnima Mane Discusses Sexual and Reproductive Health on To the Contrary

In late May, Pathfinder joined thousands of advocates of women and girls from around the world at Women Deliver. The conference is the topic of this documentary from the PBS's To the Contrary, which features an interview with Purnima Mane.

Melinda Gates, Barbara Bush, Mandy Moore, and other global health leaders on efforts to save the lives of women and girls by increasing access to maternal and child healthcare. Executive producer Cari Stein reports in this special documentary from Malaysia and the Women Deliver Conference.

Challenging Population Growth: Family Planning Services Gloss Over Women’s Health Needs

Pathfinder International's Pakistan Country Representative Tauseef Ahmed discusses the state of family planning in Pakistan with the Express Tribune.

Tauseef said that during the last decade Pakistan’s family planning program was never given due priority in terms of perspective plan implementation. He emphasized that Pakistan needed ‘political will’ to re-design family planning services to reach out all needy women.  “We should have a clear and comprehensive policy to be managed by a commission with full authority,” he said.

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