Improving Reproductive Health in Papua New Guinea through Community-Led Efforts
With funding from the Swift Foundation, Pathfinder worked with local stakeholders and the National Department of Health to establish quality reproductive health facilities with access to community based and health promotion services.
Continuous knowledge exchange, awareness building, and sensitization activities took place over the final months of the project to increase contraceptive prevalence and safer sexual behavior. Pathfinder conducted sixty community sensitization workshops for chiefs, village elders, religious leaders, and other traditional and elected leaders. In the past six months, more than 6,300 family planning visits were conducted by trained staff.
This project provides technical assistance and support to local organizations in Uganda and Tanzania, with the goal of improving each grantees organizational capacity to affect health and community systems strengthening.
Improving Access to and Awareness of Intrauterine Device, Non-Scalpel Vasectomy, and Emergency Contraceptive Services in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
Pathfinder worked to increase the availability, demand, and awareness about less common methods of family planning in the region specifically the intrauterine device (IUD), non-scalpel vasectomy (NSV), and emergency contraception (EC).
Purnima Mane advocates for increased family planning funding and identifies political will and a focus on community-based work as two of the most important factors in our efforts to advance the status of women and girls around the world.