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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.

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.

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.

Pathfinder International Welcomes New Vice President of External Relations

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

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
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