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 provided comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information to young people in ten governorates of Egypt.
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control from 2009-2015, this project promoted HIV prevention among students, faculty, and staff of training institutes throughout Mozambique.
Pathfinder worked in Northern Uganda to impact gender norms, through behavioral research and scalable interventions, to positively influence reproductive health outcomes, reduce gender-based violence and improve gender equity among adolescents.
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.
This program worked to reduce the incidence of HIV infection and the number of unplanned pregnancies among the sexually active population; empower women and sexual minorities in Mozambique through advocacy and health promotion activities.
From 2010-2014, Pathfinder worked to support the Government of Mozambique to increase use of family planning and reproductive health services in Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, and Cabo Delgado provinces.
A five-year effort to improve NGO capacity in Angola with a special focus on improving health services, education, and water within eight provinces, worked directly with local NGOs on issues of governance, transparency, and democracy.
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.
Pathfinder increased access to and demand for prevention of mother-to-child transmission services through the creation of a community-based, integrated model in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.
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