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.
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.
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 PlanningContraception & 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.
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.
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.
I Know, I Decide is a project jointly implemented by Pathfinder in collaboration with the Egyptian Family Planning Association designed to provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information to young people in ten governorates.
This project aims to reduce threats to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem degradation in the Lake Victoria Basin while increasing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health to improve maternal and child health in local communities.
FORSA provides employment opportunities for rural Egyptians by hiring youth as community health advocates and providing training and financial support for women to start their own microenterprises.
Flexible Family Planning, Reproductive Health, and Gender-Based Violence Services for Transition Situations Project
This project identifies flexible approaches to develop a compact package of family planning and gender based violence services for emergency and transitional situations.
Expanding and Sustaining Safe Abortion Services in Ghana, Mozambique and South Africa through the Safe Abortion Action Fund
Pathfinder built upon existing efforts to expand and create sustainable safe abortion services in Ghana, Mozambique, and South Africa. The overarching goal of this project was to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality due to unsafe abortion.
Evidence to Action for Strengthened Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls (E2A)
The Evidence to Action Project (E2A) is USAID’s global flagship for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery.
Ethiopian Women's and Girl's Empowerment through Education and Reproductive Health Knowledge and Access to Services
With funding from the Packard Foundation, Pathfinder works with local partners to improve the education, health, rights, and social status of adolescent girls and women.
Funded by the MacArthur Foundation, this project works to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with postpartum hemorrhage in India and Nigeria.
The APHIAplus (AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Plus) Nairobi-Coast program is a five-year flagship health services delivery program funded by USAID.
Pathfinder continues to explore, identify, and advocate for increasing attention and funding for sexual and reproductive health programs in Myanmar.
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