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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.

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.

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.

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.

UNFPA Explores Collaborative Partnership with Pathfinder International in the Area of Youth Programming

Senior management from UNFPA and Pathfinder International recently held high level talks on how similar programs implemented by the two organizations can be jointly enhanced to increase impact on Kenyans.

Under the maternal and newborn health program, Pathfinder is focused on improving Kenya's health status by supporting government health entities and communities to integrate and strengthen HIV, family planning and maternal and child health services.

Rapid Population Growth Constitutes Threat for Economy

Tauseef Ahmed, Pathfinder's Country Representative in Pakistan, writes about the need for political will to support and advance family planning initiatives in Pakistan.

Pakistan has a very high maternal mortality ratio implying more than 15,000 mother lose their lives in the process of giving birth. It is state’s responsibility to protect the lives of mothers. If Pakistani mothers are to live a health life then provision of family planning becomes their right—right to access and to choose and right to use.

Pathfinder International Selected as Visa Innovation Grant Recipient

Pathfinder is proud to announce it is one of five recipients of a Visa Innovation Grant. Visa Inc. in partnership with NetHope announced grants that are helping modernize the disbursement of funds in the fields of agriculture, health and emergency relief.

The Dukuza Clinic: Providing Care for Young Mothers in South Africa

Paige Claassen shares photos and stories from her visit to Dukuza, a youth-friendly, Pathfinder-supported clinic that serves young mothers in South Africa.

Here, a staff of only three nurses deliver babies, provide AIDS testing and counseling, educate patients about family planning, and care for TB, diabetic, epileptic, and trauma patients, among a long list of other tasks. Dukuza serves between 100 and 200 patients each day, and with the current AIDS epidemic, pressure on the clinic to serve more patients grows.

News Round-Up: Supreme Court Rules in Pathfinder, Co-Plaintiffs' Favor in USAID v AOSI

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 in Pathfinder's favor in the anti-prostitution pledge case, USAID v AOSI. Below is a round-up of recent news coverage about the case as well as a link to our official statement and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision.

From Surfing to Saving Women’s Lives

Innovations to improve global health can come from unexpected places, like the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, which Pathfinder International uses in conjunction with our continuum of care approach to save mother's lives in places like Nigeria and India.

Nearly all maternal deaths occur in the developing world and, tragically, almost all are preventable. Many occur in areas with limited infrastructure: unreliable electricity, too few doctors and midwives, and inadequate equipment and supplies. Therefore, an easy-to-use, affordable technology to manage postpartum hemorrhage could save thousands of women’s lives each year.

Space-Age Technology Could Help Cut Maternal Deaths

The non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, which was demonstrated at Women Deliver 2013 a few weeks ago, is developed from NASA technology and is playing a major part in stopping postpartum hemorrhage in the countries in which Pathfinder works.

"Working in parts of the world where distance is the difference between life and death demands solutions that can begin in the community or in the home," said Purnima Mane, President and CEO of Pathfinder International.

After Women Deliver: Ensuring Evidence-Based Investments in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Women Deliver concluded with a unified call to action: invest in women and girls. As USAID's flagship project for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery, the E2A mandate is tied directly to that call.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pathfinder International and Fellow Co-Plaintiffs in USAID v AOSI

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This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 in favor of Pathfinder and our co-plaintiffs in USAID v AOSI, a case challenging a 2003 law requiring all groups receiving funds for HIV and AIDS work to have “a policy explicitly opposing prostitution.”

Technological Device Helps in War Against Maternal Mortality

As a part of Pathfinder's Continuum of Care model, the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment is helping save the lives of women suffering from postpartum hemorrhage.

"Having a medical problem during pregnancy can be stressful, even fatal under dire circumstances. However, knowing the solution and applying it at the right time can help save the lives of many. And that is what a new technological innovation known as non-pneumatic anti-shock garment has been modeled for: to save the lives of women who experience excessive bleeding after child birth."

Collaborative Group, Including Pathfinder's E2A, Launches New Training Tool for Full Range of Family Planning Services, Providers

To fill the need for a comprehensive, evidence-based tool for training health professionals in the safe and effective delivery of family planning services, the Evidence to Action Project finalized a groundbreaking new tool.
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