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In 1965, Pathfinder helped establish the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria and provided the first grant in family planning to the Nigerian Ministry of Health for pilot work in northern communities.

Photo by Farouk Jega

Then in 1988, USAID selected Pathfinder to manage the public-sector component of what was then Africa’s largest family planning and reproductive health program.

Photo by Mark Tuschman

Today Pathfinder builds off of these experiences to aid the Nigerian government in saving mothers’ lives. Nigeria contributes to approximately 10% of worldwide maternal mortality, mostly due to uncontrolled postpartum hemorrhage and eclampsia.

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"Pathfinder is committed to continually expanding access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, using high-impact interventions and innovative technologies,” said Dr. Farouk Jega, Pathfinder Nigeria’s Country Representative.

Photo by Mark Tuschman

Building upon the success of our groundbreaking Continuum of Care program that advanced maternal and newborn health across Nigeria, Pathfinder is reaching more women than ever—from home to health facility.

Pathfinder International’s work in Nigeria includes developing local capacity, delivering and managing high quality reproductive health programs, and addressing maternal and child health.

With a rapidly rising population of over 177 million, Nigeria remains in dire need of health systems reform and increased access to health care to meet the needs of its increasing population.

Only 9 percent of married women (between 15-49 years of age) use a modern method of contraception.

Despite considerable gains in the past decade, Nigeria's reproductive health indicators are still very poor: 40,000 Nigerian women die from pregnancy-related causes every year62 percent of women give birth without a skilled birth attendant, and only 9 percent of married women use a modern method of contraception.

Pathfinder is committed to the people of Nigeria and their right to quality sexual and reproductive health care. We have partnered with governments and communities in more than half of Nigeria’s 36 states to find innovative solutions that ensure the most underserved populations can access the critical health services and information they need.

Our work began in Nigeria in 1965, when Pathfinder supported the establishment of the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria. 

Over the next 50 years, Pathfinder has remained dedicated to working in partnership with Nigerian leaders at every level to improve and integrate reproductive health, family planning, child survival, and basic education.

In 2007 through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, Pathfinder introduced our innovative Clinical and Community Action Model, which is incorporated into Nigeria’s national Midwives Services Scheme and scaled up countrywide.

Today Pathfinder remains deeply invested in the implementation of programs led and owned by the people of Nigeria. Empowered with innovative technologies, stronger systems, and higher quality services, communities across Nigeria will drive lasting progress in sexual and reproductive health.


In Nigeria, contraceptive use is less than 10 percent. Your gift of $25 or $50 helps us ensure that people in Nigeria have better access to family planning as well as quality sexual and reproductive healthcare.

Our Projects

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.

Scaling up Clinical and Community Action to Address Maternal Health in Nigeria

Maternal & Newborn Health

Pathfinder builds on its successful CCA-PPH Plus model to address the two leading causes of maternal mortality: postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia.

Related Publications

June 2015

mHealth as a Tool for Integrated Systems Strengthening in Sexual and Reproductive Health Programming

This technical brief describes and analyzes how Pathfinder uses mHealth for integrated systems strengthening in sexual and reproductive health programs in four countries: Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Haiti.

August 2014

Research and Evaluation Working Paper Series

The purpose of the Working Paper Series is to disseminate work in progress by Pathfinder International staff on critical issues of population, reproductive health, and development.

August 2014

Assessment of the Quality of Antenatal Care Services Provided by Health Workers using a Mobile Phone Decision Support Application in Northern Nigeria

A pre/post intervention study assessing the effect of introducing a mobile case management and decision support application for antenatal care in northern Nigeria.

July 2014

m4Change + mCCT: Using Mobile Technology to Support Nigeria's SURE-P Conditional Cash Transfer Program for Maternal and Child Health

This fact sheet covers the use of mobile technology to support a conditional cash transfer program for maternal and child health in Nigeria.

Related News

Despite the odds, one doctor promotes family planning in Muslim Nigeria

For 10 years, Dr. Farouk Mohammed Jega has been championing evidence-based arguments to try to persuade clerics that Islam supports family planning methods, contrary to the views of many clerics in Nigeria.

Fit contraception to local needs, health workers urged

Giving women the option of using contraception tailored to their individual circumstances is vital to increasing birth control in developing countries, an event heard last week.
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