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Adolescents & Youth Abortion Advocacy
Contraception & Family Planning HIV & AIDS Maternal & Newborn Health


Our Approach

Pathfinder believes that to provide long term solutions, we must connect people to systems, and systems to people. In keeping with Pathfinder's half century history of working with communities and the expertise this has built, Pathfinder has developed a model of systems strengthening that focuses on the zones of health and community systems' interaction.

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Our Six Focus Areas

Pathfinder addresses a range of sexual and reproductive health needs. In particular, we have six key focus areas and four crosscutting areas of our work.

  • Adolescents

    For nearly 40 years, Pathfinder has led projects focused on improving adolescents and youth access to sexual and reproductive health services in more than 30 countries, under a wide range of circumstances. Pathfinder’s goal is to ensure young people have access to quality services that are tailored to effectively meet the diverse needs of adolescents and youth across countries and cultural contexts.

  • HIV & AIDS
    HIV & AIDS

    AIDS is the leading cause of mortality among women of reproductive age and has devastating impact on the health, livelihood, and survival of women, children, and families. Response to this crisis requires a massive, multi-sectoral, and coordinated global effort to implement state-of-the-art approaches, and advance social justice and human rights. For the past 20 years, Pathfinder has played a major role, contributing on several fronts of the global response to AIDS.

  • Contraception &
    Family Planning
    Contraception & Family Planning

    For more than 55 years, improving access to contraception and family planning has been core to Pathfinder’s mission. Pathfinder has worked in more than 100 countries implementing large scale service delivery programs. Our goal is to advance opportunities for women, men, and adolescents to make choices about their sexual and reproductive health through access to contraceptive services and information.

  • Advocacy

    Pathfinder’s advocacy is focused on improving the US and global political environment for sexual and reproductive health programs. Pathfinder is recognized in the United States and globally as a strong and enduring voice for international sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Our strong reputation in service delivery and our ability to leverage technical knowledge and expertise make Pathfinder a key resource to policymakers around the world.

  • Abortion

    Pathfinder believes access to abortion services is not only a public health imperative, it is also every woman’s right. As part of our mission, Pathfinder helps ensure the availability of safe, legal abortion services that are performed by well-trained providers so that every woman has options and can make choices about what is best for her wellbeing and future.

  • Maternal & Newborn Health
    Maternal & Newborn Health

    Throughout our history, Pathfinder has supported integrated and comprehensive services for maternal and newborn care. We promote contraception, train midwives and skilled birth attendants, and enhance emergency obstetric care with the goal of reducing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality and ensuring mothers and their newborns have access to help and information at every point during pregnancy and childbirth—from the household to the hospital—and then safely home.

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Featured Projects

Gender-based violence in Tanzania

Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Against Children in Tanzania

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Gender

In Tanzania, Pathfinder works to prevent violence against children and adolescents at the household and community level.

Preventing Child Marriage in Egypt

Preventing Child Marriage in Egypt

Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

Guided by principles set by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development Programme, Pathfinder is conducting two interventions that support sexual and reproductive health and rights in Egypt.

Performance-Based Financing Project

Systems Strengthening Maternal & Newborn Health HIV & AIDS Contraception & Family Planning

From 2010 - 2014, Pathfinder increased the use and quality of health services through performance-based payments to health facilities, the development of mechanisms to manage performance-based financing at provincial and district levels, and community surveys.

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NGO Health Service Delivery Project (NHSDP)

Systems Strengthening Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Maternal & Newborn Health Contraception & Family Planning

The NGO Health Service Delivery Project focuses on technical assistance and capacity building to local non-government organizations to manage and provide quality services reaching underserved populations in Bangladesh.

MUKTA: Targeted Interventions for Groups at Risk

Systems Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Gender Behavior Change Advocacy HIV & AIDS Contraception & Family Planning

This project serves over 25,000 female sex workers and men who have sex with men in the Indian state of Maharashtra, helping reduce their risks and vulnerabilities towards sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

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mHMtaani: Bringing Mobile Health to the Community

Maternal & Newborn Health

This mHealth initiative, implemented in Nairobi, is supported by Dimagi and the Core Group along with funding from USAID through Pathfinder’s APHIA+ project.

Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs of Youth Living with HIV in Tanzania: A Qualitative Study

Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health HIV & AIDS

In October 2011, Pathfinder published a working paper entitled, "Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs of Youth Living with HIV in Tanzania." It was presented in Tanzania in November and two manuscripts are being developed based on the study.

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mCenas! SMS Client Education to Improve Family Planning Uptake Among Youth

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Behavior Change Contraception & Family Planning

Pathfinder’s mHealth project in Mozambique identified and addressed the educational barriers that youth face in accessing and using family planning.

Global Fund TB Prevention

Making a Difference: Strengthening a Comprehensive and Integral Response against Tuberculosis in Peru

Maternal & Newborn Health

The project focuses on policy promotion in the health and education sectors and building the capacity of local and regional governments and civil societies.

mHealth Nigeria

m4Change: Improving Service Delivery through mHealth in Nigeria

Maternal & Newborn Health

The m4Change project was launched in 2012 to improve the quality of services provided by community health workers through the deployment of a mobile phone antenatal care application designed to facilitate more accurate decision making.

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