Our Work

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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

Continuum of Care: Addressing Postpartum Hemorrhage in India and Nigeria

Systems Strengthening Behavior Change Maternal & Newborn Health Advocacy

Funded by the MacArthur Foundation, this project worked to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with postpartum hemorrhage in India and Nigeria.

Photo by Sarah Day

Community-Based Organization Capacity Building Project

Maternal & Newborn Health

In Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda, Pathfinder aims to improve the capacity of community-based organizations to better prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Cervical Cancer Prevention

Systems Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Maternal & Newborn Health HIV & AIDS

With this five-year award from CDC, Pathfinder works with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to increase access to and use of cervical cancer prevention services among HIV-positive women in Ethiopia.

Burundi Maternal Child Health Project

Behavior Change Maternal & Newborn Health Contraception & Family Planning

From 2007-2014, Pathfinder worked with the government of Burundi to improve maternal and child health in two provinces: Muyinga and Kayanza.

Building Blocks for FP2020 in Pakistan and Nigeria

Building Blocks for FP2020 in Pakistan and Nigeria

Contraception & Family Planning

Building Blocks for FP2020 is designed to support and advance family planning in Nigeria and Pakistan, two countries that have made ambitious goals for improving access to reproductive health care in the next decade.

Photo by Pathfinder Uganda

Arise: Addressing Unmet Need for Contraception among HIV-Positive Women in Northern Uganda

HIV & AIDS Contraception & Family Planning

Arise integrated family planning into HIV and AIDS services in 11 post-conflict districts of Uganda by working with the community to build demand and supporting facilities in quality counseling, contraceptive services and referrals.

APHIAplus Nairobi-Coast

Systems Strengthening Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health HIV & AIDS

The APHIAplus (AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Plus) Nairobi-Coast program is a five-year flagship health services delivery program funded by USAID.


ANANYA: Shaping Demand and Practice in Bihar for Uptake of Priority Behaviors

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Behavior Change Maternal & Newborn Health Advocacy Contraception & Family Planning

ANANYA aims to empower women to make informed decisions about maternal and neonatal health.

Family Planning in Myanmar

Addressing Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs in Myanmar

Maternal & Newborn Health Advocacy Contraception & Family Planning

Pathfinder continues to explore, identify, and advocate for increasing attention and funding for sexual and reproductive health programs in Myanmar.

Accountability in the Reproductive Health Sector

Systems Strengthening Advocacy Contraception & Family Planning

Using Community Scorecards, this project empowered citizens in Tanzania to improve the quality of their own reproductive health services.

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