Reproductive health stories from Pathfinder and beyond

“I cannot stop this work…I’ll do it until my last breath.”


Saving women’s lives by building the skills of health care providers like Vimla in their own facilities.

Country: India
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

This International Women’s Day, Remember the Women Who Dare to Choose their Own Path


On this International Women’s Day, as we celebrate the achievements of women around the world, we must remember that without control over their own bodies and without choices about if, when and how often to have children, the scope and breadth of women’s ambitions is ultimately, and irrevocably, limited.

Marriage Will Be My Choice


What if at the age of 15, your parents introduced you to your husband? If this happened to you, would you be as strong as Jailata?

Continuum of Care Brings Healthy Moms and Babies in Uttar Pradesh


“I felt weak, often irritable. My hands and legs often trembled…” It was a warning sign for Pushpa Devi, who at the age of 28 was five months pregnant with her third child.

Country: India
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

Standing by: Supporting High-risk Pregnancies in India


When Munni Devi learned she was pregnant, she was thrilled. But during her fifth month of pregnancy, she started leaking amniotic fluid. Her network of providers was there every step of the way.

Country: India
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

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.

Saving Mothers’ Lives in India

Thanks to our Matrika project and the new link it creates between public and private health providers, Poonam and pregnant women like her in India are receiving better maternal health care.

Country: India
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

Reacting to the Senseless Loss of Life in India

Mathew Joseph, Pathfinder's Country Representative in India, responds to news of botched government sterilizations.

Girls Should Be Girls: Standing Up for Girlhood on International Day of the Girl

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On International Day of the Girl, Purnima Mane advocates for ending the cycle of violence, giving adolescent girls a chance to be girls -- letting millions of Malalas grow up fearlessly

Seeing the Pathfinder Difference: How One Hospital Transformed My View

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Longtime Pathfinder supporter Bonnie New shares how one trip to India showed her just how different the level of care can be in rural areas of the world.

Country: India
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

In India With Pathfinder

When I learned about the 2014 Friends of Pathfinder trip to India, I immediately knew I wanted to go.

Witnessing Empowerment: How One Girl Taught Me Small Changes Create Big Impact

Sitting on the floor of a modest concrete building in Bihar, India, 21 year-old Nicky recalled how, as a teenager, she convinced her parents not to marry her off. I’ve heard many stories similar to hers but this time, I was witnessing empowerment with my own eyes.

For Pathfinder Supporters, Seeing Is Believing

For six of Pathfinder International’s supporters, seeing is truly believing. In January, they joined members of the Pathfinder team on the 2014 Friends of Pathfinder trip.

Country: India
Focus Area: Advocacy

7 Reasons Early Marriage Happens in Bihar, India and Why It’s Harmful

Ending Early Marriage, PRACHAR

For the past several years, Pathfinder has worked to prevent early marriage in Bihar and other parts of Eastern India through projects like PRACHAR and initiatives like JAGRITI.

No More Controversy: Same Sex Rights Are Human Rights

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At the end of a year that has witnessed some real victories around the world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, we at Pathfinder were shocked to hear the news from Uganda today.

Country: India, Uganda
Focus Area: Advocacy

Women Who Dare: Pinki Kumari Overcomes Personal Challenges, Advocates for Youth

Pinki Kumari

Pinki Kumari’s life has not been without its challenges. Staying in school meant overcoming financial and societal barriers. She lost her husband at a young age and struggled to support herself because of cultural and religious restrictions that limit her mobility as a woman in India. Against all odds, Pinki not only dared to find her own voice, but found her passion in helping others find theirs.

Can We Be Fearless? Gang Rape in India Inspires Action, but Challenges Persist

I traveled home to India over Christmas to spend time with family—a time that should be filled with cheer. Yet this trip has been overshadowed by the terrible, horrific gang rape of a young Indian woman.

Country: India
Focus Area: Advocacy

The Power of Community: Sex Workers Unite to Fight For Their Rights

The more I learned of their situation, the more depressed and heartbroken you would think I would have become. However, that was not the case as I began to learn about their newfound sense of solidarity, self-respect, and empowerment.

Fighting HIV By Empowering Sex Workers

Female sex workers, Mukta project in India

In Maharashtra, India, strengthening communities means empowering some of its most marginalized groups--sex workers--to fight HIV.

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