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Reproductive health stories from Pathfinder and beyond

The women who dare to dream on International Women's Day

IWD2015

Purnima Mane pictures a world where women never hesitate, never falter, never waiver in their confidence and belief in themselves to honor and celebrate International Women's Day.

Haitian health center takes first step toward improved care

Les Anglais

Pathfinder's Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haiti project approached the staff of Les Anglais clinic with an innovative solution to address their challenges and improve overall service delivery.

In Uganda’s Lake Victoria Basin, HoPE is alive

Charles

Charles Kabiswa, director of one of Pathfinder's key partner organizations in Uganda, reflects on the success of our HoPE project and celebrates winning a Population Institute Media Award.

Reflecting on Haiti, five years later

Haiti clinic

Five years ago today, the world stood still for Haitians while the ground moved – on January 12, 2010, Haiti was hit with a catastrophic earthquake with long-standing consequences. Hearing from one of Pathfinder’s Haitian staff about that moment in time when everything changed, I still get chills.

Increasing Contraceptive Use in Mozambique

In 2010, Pathfinder launched the Extending Service Delivery-Family Planning Initiative (ESD-FPI) with support from USAID. Our goal was clear—partner with the Ministry of Health to decrease unmet need for contraception and contribute to a reduction in Mozambique’s high rates of maternal and child death by systematically integrating contraception into existing health services.

A Matter of Life and Death

Jenelia

Jenelia lives in a remote mountain village in Haiti—the most dangerous place to give birth in the Western hemisphere.

Energy and Excitement in Uganda

In Uganda, Sono Aibe notes a shift in the attitude toward family planning.

Reacting to the Senseless Loss of Life in India

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

Tuungane: United and Together

Tuungane

Sono Aibe reports from Tanzania, where an annual project review meeting shows just how far communities have come in protecting their resources - and their futures.

Experts convene to talk mobile technology in Haiti, Nigeria, and Tanzania

mHealth mMoney event

Mustafa Kudrati shared his experience in Tanzania alongside Pathfinder colleagues Tanou Diallo from Haiti and Farouk Jega from Nigeria at the Sept. 24 event “mHealth + mMoney: Harnessing the power of mobile technology and mobile money for improved health outcomes.”

Finding the right words in Niger

Steve Redding, Pathfinder's Vice President for Country and Regional Operations, reports back on the launch of our new Gates-funded project in Niger.

The story behind the numbers on World Population Day

Last year, on World Population Day, many of us talked about the fact that we had crossed the seven billion mark in terms of global population. While this number is high, I urge us not to lose sight of the fact that each country is faced with its own unique set of population challenges and opportunities.

Minister of Health’s message hits home in Myanmar

Myanmar Sono blog

I was stationed at the front door of Naypyitaw’s Mingalar Thiri Hotel, awaiting his arrival. Day one of Myanmar’s Family Planning Best Practices Conference, and we were expecting H.E. Minister of Health Dr. Pe Thet Khin any minute.

The World is Calling for Change

Today is a day of beginnings at Pathfinder. It is the first of the month, the start of a new fiscal year, and importantly, today is the official start of a new five-year strategy. Looking beyond 2015, we must advance sexual and reproductive health and rights globally by catalyzing change locally. We must do it now.

Courageous Pioneers: 50 Years in Kenya

For 50 years, Pathfinder International has served millions of women, men, and young people across Kenya. Today, we celebrate our proudest, most groundbreaking achievements. And we thank the dedicated and passionate partners, donors, and staff that made them possible.

Taking Back Our Future

Harriet and her son

When Harriet was 15, two life-changing things happened. The rebel Lord’s Resistance Army finally left Uganda, allowing families like hers to return to what was left of their homes. That same year, she gave birth to her first child. Suddenly, she and her husband, Emmanuel, had to look to the future. But that seemed impossible.

The Last Mile: Empowering Families to Choose a Sustainable Future

On the distant shores of Lake Tanganyika, people are in crisis. Children are dying. Women struggle to survive childbirth. And the natural resources families rely on for food and jobs are depleted like never before.

In India With Pathfinder

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

“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.


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