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.
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 year, 62 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.
Building Blocks for FP2020 supports and advances family planning in Nigeria and Pakistan, two countries that have made ambitious goals for improving access to reproductive health care in the next decade.
Pathfinder builds on its successful CCA-PPH Plus model to address the two leading causes of maternal mortality: postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia.
PAST PROJECT: In Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda, Pathfinder aims to improve the capacity of community-based organizations to better prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
The m4Change project was launched in 2012 to improve the quality of services provided by community health workers through the deployment of a mobile phone antenatal care application designed to facilitate more accurate decision making.
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.
Scale-Up of Gender Sensitive HIV and AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care Support Interventions for Adults and Children in Nigeria
Pathfinder leads the PMTCT component of the project to reduce in HIV incidence in Nigeria of scaling up gender sensitive HIV prevention services for children and adults.
Forging a new path is part of Pathfinder’s DNA. Last year, in 26 developing countries, we pushed through barriers to ensure millions of women, men, and young people are able to access critical sexual and reproductive health care and choose their own paths forward. Read more in our 2015 Annual Report.
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.
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.
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.