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Focus Area: Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health, Contraception & Family Planning
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.
Country: Ethiopia, Guinea, India
Focus Area: Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health
The Ministry of Health in Burundi could not introduce the Jadelle implant services to all health facilities in the country. This led to partial and non-implementation of the intervention in Kayanza and Muyinga Provinces. In order to complement the government effort, the Evidence to Action for Strengthened RH for Women and Girls (E2A) project through its country partner, Pathfinder International-Burundi, stepped in to fill the gap.
Pathfinder Chosen by USAID to Lead New Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haiti Central and South Project
Pathfinder Awarded New Grant to Improve Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health through Mobile Health Services
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.