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“We Space Our Children Like We Space Our Trees. So They Grow Big and Strong."

At 15, Fausta gave birth to her first child. By 23, she had four. Like many girls on Uganda’s Bussi Island, Fausta felt pressure to marry young and grow her family fast.

What Do Fisheries Have to Do With Reproductive Health?

By midmorning, the sun heats the beaches of Jaguzi, a small island in Uganda. Fishermen find relief under the shade of a large tree. Behind them, Lake Victoria stretches for more than 200 miles.

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.

11 Global Health Reads to Pick Up This Week (As Recommended by Pathfinder Staff)

It’s officially spring and World Health Day is on its way (April 7th)! I don’t know about you, but I often enjoy the weather with book in hand. Here are eleven great global health reads as recommended by Pathfinder staff.

Our Kids Need Us: One Family’s Struggle to Survive

By 25, Betty had four children. Her last delivery nearly killed her, when she lost too much blood. “I survived but never regained my health,” says Betty.

My Implant Is My Badge of Honor

Dorothy was married and pregnant by 18. By 22, she had five children. That’s what happens when you are a woman living with no choice about your body.

This is My Life. You Can’t Have It.

What if—in one instant—your dreams were stolen from you? Could you be as strong as Clara, a young woman from Uganda, and take them back?

Sharing Love in Health and Safety

Love is

This February, Pathfinder celebrates the right to love in safety and health.

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?”

Opportunity Now: Jobs & Health for Women in Egypt

In 2011, Pathfinder launched the Fostering Opportunities in Rural Southern Areas project. Last week, Pathfinder Project Director, Reem Mehanna, sat down to share an update. Read why she says FORSA is a “women’s project” and why it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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.

Confession: I Often Take Choice for Granted

Full Access, Full Choice

I call to refill my birth control prescription at the very last second, expecting my pharmacist to turn over the refill in minutes. I'm usually zooming down Massachusetts Ave., late for work. I don't have the patience to wait in line. I don't even have cash on me.

Population, Health, and Environment Conference Round-Up

The international conference on Population, Health and Environment: Healthy Families, Healthy Environment” opened Sunday in Addis Ababa with about 150 participants.

A Strong First Step toward a Healthier Life: Wellness Guides for Migrant Factory Workers in China

China Wellness Guides

October 21st was an exciting and memorable day for Pathfinder’s partnership to promote sexual and reproductive health and well-being among migrant factory workers in Changzhou, China under the China Wellness Project.

Mobile Scenes: An mHealth Program For & By Youth!

Pathfinder’s “mCenas!” is a first for Mozambique—a text message education campaign that provides contraceptive information to youth (15-24 years old).

Let's Talk About Sex: Celebrating Honest and Open Conversation on World Contraception Day

Youth should be a time for learning, discovery, and growth. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, youth can also be a time in which young people are denied access to the information they may need most—information about their bodies.

Female Condoms in the Spotlight

They’re appealing, versatile—and long overdue for the spotlight. But PATH and our partners still needed a way to give powerful, pleasurable female condoms a starring role in the minds, conversations, and (yes), bedrooms of women and men worldwide.

“If Only We Knew Something...” The Nineteenth Century Beginnings of Birth Control Advocacy

In 1839, ads began appearing in New York papers advertising “Female Pills,” which claimed to be an “infallible regulator of ******.” This medicine was understood as something that would cause a miscarriage.

"My Notorious Life": An Ode to the World's Strong, Courageous Advocates for Choice

There are many words that come to mind when describing Axie Muldoon, the protagonist in Kate Manning’s latest novel, My Notorious Life. Among them, “fiery,” “enterprising,” “spirited,” “scrappy,” and, at times, “insecure.” But one stands above them all—“strong.”

Share Your Story: How Did You First Learn About the Birds and the Bees?

How did you first learn about contraception? Chances are, your story is unique. In honor of World Contraception Day, share your (anonymous) story for a chance to have it featured on Pathfinder's World Contraception Day blog.


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