Pathfinder is committed to the people of Tanzania and their right to sexual and reproductive health without fear or boundary. Since 1984, we have strengthened local partners, communities, and health systems to remove obstacles that stand in the way of providing high-quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care to those who need it most.
Supporting Tanzania’s national response to reducing unmet need for contraception, Pathfinder builds upon our experience pioneering community-based distribution of contraceptives by implementing several high-impact contraception programs that serve a population of over 1 million women. Our work is tailored to meet the unique contraceptive needs of adolescents and women across their various life stages. This includes youth-friendly contraceptive services, contraceptive counseling as part of antenatal care for pregnant women, postpartum contraception, contraception as a key part of comprehensive postabortion care, and contraception integrated into HIV services.
To avert preventable deaths during delivery and birth, Pathfinder is reaching women along the continuum from their home to their health facility. Working in every village and every facility of Sengerema, Buchosya, and Shinyanga districts, we partner with local governments to provide high-quality, respectful maternal care during antenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum periods, as well as emergency care for both mother and newborn. Pathfinder mobilizes communities to identify danger signs of complications, while ensuring emergency transport for women at the last mile.
In 2008, Pathfinder began using mobile technology to improve communication between Tanzania’s health clinics and home-based care providers. We are the largest nonprofit user of Vodacom mPesa in the country, and we continue to drive innovations in digital health. With dedicated partners, we recently launched a groundbreaking system—the Uber of emergency transport—utilizing SMS and mPesa. And our latest activity—using barcodes to confirm referrals between communities and facilities—is the first of its kind worldwide.
Pathfinder, with leaders in environmental conservation, local communities, and the government, is unlocking a formula for achieving 11 of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals at the same time. Our Population, Health, and Environment programs offer hard-to-reach communities holistic solutions for advancing reproductive rights, gender equality, economic opportunity, and access to health care, while enabling them to sustainably manage their natural resources.
Meeting Tanzania’s national health goals requires a health system with strong, sustained performance that is responsive to community needs. Pathfinder is helping to make this a reality. We provide technical support to numerous local partners on health care financing, human resources, governance, and information, while simultaneously advancing tools for accountability. One such tool—the Community Scorecard—empowers citizens to identify gaps in their health services, then brings them together with providers to solve issues hand in hand.
In Tanzania, Pathfinder works to prevent violence against children and adolescents at the household and community level.
Pathfinder joins Touch Foundation, Vodafone Foundation, and USAID in promoting the accessibility of appropriate maternal and newborn care in Tanzania by expanding the availability of comprehensive emergency obstetric care and by implementing community level activities to reduce maternal mortality during delivery and childbirth.
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.
LIFE's objective is to virtually eliminate pediatric HIV infection, through increasing the quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of mother-to-child transmission of HIV prevention, reproductive health, and HIV and AIDS care and support services.
With the human population in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem growing rapidly, in conditions of extreme poverty and ill health, this project used a model of population, health, and environment to address reproductive health and natural resource management.
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’s mHealth in Tanzania began in 2008 with funding from the Center for Disease Control. The project uses mobile technology to improve communication and reporting between health clinics, home-based care providers and clients.
In this issue of Pathways, Mbuyi, a mother of 15 children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, discovers she has a choice about pregnancy.
Family Planning Counseling in Your Pocket: A Mobile Job Aid for Community Health Workers in Tanzania
To address low contraceptive use in Tanzania, a pilot intervention using a mobile job aid was developed to guide community health workers to deliver integrated counseling on family planning, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections.
This publication explores strategies to advance abortion access and rights in four countries—Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, and DRC—with differing degrees of legal and social restrictiveness. Through semi-structured interviews with Pathfinder field offices and partners, this publication highlights approaches to advance abortion access and rights common across all four countries, as well as approaches unique to each country’s legal and social context.
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.
Pathfinder International called for more efforts to transform gender norms to enable women and girls enjoy sexual reproductive health and rights; “how does a women facing gender based violence negotiate condom use? How can she freely access health care if she needs her husband’s permission to leave the house?” queried Pathfinder International Country Director Mustafa Kudrati.