Reproductive health stories from Pathfinder and beyond

Climate Change: What’s Family Planning Got To Do With It?

The gathering of world leaders this week in Paris to discuss responses to climate change is an opportunity to think about how we can work together to build communities that can grow and prosper in the long term.

Ethiopia Through My Eyes


We landed in Addis Ababa on the 18th of August. It was the first time I had been to Ethiopia and the first time I was going to visit a Pathfinder project.

New Hope, New Lives: Fistula Elimination in Ethiopia

Fistula Ethiopia

Obstetric fistula is a condition which can lead to a lifetime of both physical disability and psychological consequences—including being ostracized from families and communities.

Advancing the Health and Rights Of Young People

Pathfinder’s commitment to youth runs deep. As one of the first organizations to recognize and respond to young people’s unique sexual and reproductive needs, we have implemented adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health projects for over 40 years, in over 40 developing countries.

33 Million Strong: Investing in Ethiopia’s Future

Ethiopia YFS

To celebrate the latest results from our Integrated Family Health Program we asked our senior expert in adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Ethiopia, Worknesh Kereta Abshiro, to share three reasons why she believes your support is helping transform Ethiopia and save young lives.

16 Days of Activism: From the Frontlines in Ethiopia

As part of our 16 Days of Activism, we celebrate and honor those individuals on the frontlines working to end violence against women and girls, the women and men tirelessly caring for survivors - and preventing further violence in their communities.

Country: Ethiopia
Focus Area: Gender

10 Ways the Integrated Family Health Program Is a Game-Changer for Ethiopia

For the past five years, millions of women, men, and young people throughout Ethiopia have been touched by the Integrated Family Health Program, led by Pathfinder International and JSI and funded by USAID.

A Road Taken: Why We Do the Work We Do

The Road Taken, Ethiopia

From time to time, I’m asked the question, “Why do you do the work that you do?” In turn, I ask “Why wouldn’t I want to do the work I do?”

It's Not About Choice; It's About Choices

What if your best option for contraception was off limits, simply because of your age? This is a reality for many young people who want to use contraceptive implants. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Stay Impatient, Stay Persistent on International Human Rights Day 2013

Marshet on Human Rights Day

Today, on International Human Rights Day, there is much to celebrate. By working together, human rights advocates have made strides that were unimaginable 20 years ago.

The Space to Talk and Be Heard

Youth site visit discussion

Conferences like the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) are exciting—thousands of advocates, old and new friends and colleagues, and new evidence of what works to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Task Shifting for Comprehensive Access to Contraceptives in Ethiopia

Task Shifting for Comprehensive Access to Contraceptives in Ethiopia

What if you lived in a rural part of Ethiopia where the closest health clinic was kilometers away from your home and you wanted to exercise choice in selecting a contraceptive method? Ideally, you would like one that allows you to visit the family planning clinic less frequently, is reliable, and is a modern method.

Putting an End to Fistula and Its Deeply Stigmatizing Effects in Ethiopia

As we mark the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula this week, we are reminded of a stark reality—nearly 2 million women around the world suffer from the injury and its lasting effects every day.

Angelina Jolie's Brave Op-Ed Supporting Preventive Cancer Screenings Resonates Internationally

Cervical Cancer in Ethiopia

Angelina Jolie’s recent op-ed about her brave decision to undergo a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer hit home on many levels. The decision to pursue such a life-saving and, yes, invasive procedure is not one taken lightly.

Overcoming Gender Barriers in Ethiopia: A Q&A with Pathfinder's Heran Abebe

Heren Abebe

Heran Abebe is a Senior Gender Advisor for Pathfinder’s Integrated Family Health Program in Ethiopia. In this Q&A Heran shares her thoughts on why gender is important in Ethiopia, how she was first drawn to gender work, and IFHP’s exciting gender initiatives on the horizon.

More Than Numbers: How Data Informs our Family Planning Work in Ethiopia

Photo of Masreshah Abebe, Health Extension Worker in Ethiopia

As part of the Integrated Family Health Program, led by Pathfinder International and funded by USAID, Masreshah and her fellow health extension workers provide sexual and reproductive health information and services to more than 1,700 households. While visiting with these families, Masreshah collects data, which she reviews during weekly meetings with her district supervisor.

Ethiopia's Family Planning Success

In the 1990s, only 3 percent of married women in Ethiopia used a modern method of contraception. Today, 30 percent do. Dr. Mengistu Asnak explains the "what" and "how" of Ethiopia's family planning success.

Using Data for Decision Making at Every Level

In a remote, but densely populated village in Ethiopia, Masreshah Abebe strives to improve the reproductive health of her community through the monitoring and evaluation of data.

Overcoming Barriers in Ethiopia

Pathfinder's Linda Suttenfield shares a first-hand account of her journey to Ethiopia, where she met Aminaa, a local health worker who is helping her community overcome barriers that prevent family planning and reproductive health care.

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