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?”
Reproductive health stories from Pathfinder and beyond
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.
Focus Area: Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health
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.
Focus Area: Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health, Contraception & Family Planning
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.
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.
Heran Abebe is a Senior Gender Advisor for Pathfinder’s Integrated Family Health Program (IFHP) 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.
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.
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.