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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.

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.

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?”

A Family's Future: One Couple's Mission to Protect Their Baby

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1.5 million women living with HIV become pregnant each year. Without antiretroviral drugs, they face a 15-45 percent chance that their child will also become infected.

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).

Exclusive Breastfeeding: Empowering Mothers to Keep Their Babies Free from HIV

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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we explore the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding and efforts to share knowledge empowering HIV-positive mothers in Nigeria and Botswana.

Building Strong Health Systems in Kenya

Dr. David Wanjala, Medical Officer in Charge at Tudor District Hospital in Mombasa, sat down with Linda Suttenfield, Pathfinder International’s Director of Communications, to share how the APHIAplus Nairobi-Coast project, led by Pathfinder and funded by USAID, has made a difference at his facility.

Delivering for Women and Girls, Imperfectly, Impatiently, Optimistically

“The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men." This morning, I awoke in Kuala Lumpur for the first day of Women Deliver and found this quote along with an email: “May have seen this already, but this seemed kind of appropriate for Women Deliver. - Dad”

Can't Join Us for Women Deliver? Follow the Action in Kuala Lumpur Online

Can't join us for Women Deliver? You can still take part in the conference by watching live streams directly from the conference here. Join the conversation by letting us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook.

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

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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.

A Bond Between Women: The Beauty One Donor Sees in Pathfinder's Work

Six years ago, June Tatelman gave her first gift to Pathfinder. Today, her commitment is stronger than ever. She recently visited Tanzania and Kenya to see the transformative nature of our projects firsthand.

Focus Area: HIV & AIDS

An AIDS-free Generation: Inspiring Youth in Kenya Through Dance

Alfred Sigo stands tall, looks squarely into the faces of the teenagers of Mombasa, and lays out the details of how he watched the people he loved die of AIDS. It is a story he has told nearly 100 times, but his eyes still well up when he speaks.

Country: Kenya
Focus Area: HIV & AIDS

Top Five Takeaways from AIDS 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at the International AIDS Conference 2012

At both the Family Planning Summit and International AIDS Conference, there were strong discussions and significant commitments to both improving access to family planning and addressing the AIDS epidemic. Here are my top five takeaways from AIDS 2012.

Focus Area: HIV & AIDS

The Power of One: Expanding Home-Based Care in Tanzania

Develini might be the most powerful woman in Ukonga. Twelve years ago, she was so ill she could not walk. Now she treks across her community to reach her neighbors to provide home-based care.

Country: Tanzania
Focus Area: HIV & AIDS

What Young Women Need This World AIDS Day? Contraception, HIV Prevention and More...

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From the International Conference on Family Planning, Jaime-Alexis Fowler prompts a discussion about the integration of family planning and HIV services that share a common patient: young women.

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.

'Anti-Prostitution Pledge' Ruling Corrects Misguided, Harmful Policy

Kristy Kade, argues that the recent Second Circuit ruling corrects a policy that ties the hands of organizations working to stop the spread of HIV.


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