Reproductive health stories from Pathfinder and beyond
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.
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.
Thirty six-year-old Inno has given birth ten times. Like many women in Nigeria, she delivered at home with the help of only a traditional birth attendant. Just six of her newborns survived. Don't miss Inno’s inspiring story—about her struggle to protect her babies and to survive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.”
In places like the Deep Sea Slum of Nairobi, Kenya, the dangers associated with pregnancy and child birth are not to be taken lightly. Maternal mortality still claims far too many lives and quality maternal health services are not universally available or accessible to expectant mothers.
Safe Motherhood Isn't Just for Kate Middleton: The Importance of Maternal Health for Every Mother, Everywhere
Last week, as I heard the cheers of joy for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the birth of their little boy, I also thought about the women giving birth in the developing world. Who was caring for them? Who cheered loudly when their babies were born?
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