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Reaching the Invisible Woman: The Right to Maternal Care

Mother and child in Peru

If you were suffering from a medical emergency, how long would it take you to reach a hospital? Could you afford an ambulance to take you there?

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?

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.

"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.”

mHMtaani: US-Supported Program Empowers Community Health Workers Through Mobile Technology

Community Health Workers and Mobile Health

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.

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.

Safe Motherhood Isn't Just for Kate Middleton: The Importance of Maternal Health for Every Mother, Everywhere

Mother in Viet Nam

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?

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.

Energized by Women Deliver’s Focus on Accountability for Maternal Health

This week I have been in Kuala Lumpur for Women Deliver, the largest global conference focused on women and girls in a decade.

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”

Putting An End to Fistula and Its Deeply Stigmatizing Effects in Ethiopia

As we mark the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula this week, we are reminded of a stark reality—nearly 2 million women around the world suffer from the injury and its lasting effects every day.

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.

"Mana" Linda Honored with REAL Award for Championing Family Planning in Mozambique

Known as “Mana” Linda by some, and “Mama” Linda by others, Linda Paquili Amana is inspirational in her commitment to addressing the family planning needs of those in her community.


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