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Keep your torch, use it to light the torches of others: Fighting the fight for sexual and reproductive health and rights

None of us can afford to pass our torch. If anything we need to use our collective torches to reignite our movement—only then will we make progress in carrying forward our vision and our call for the protection and promotion of all human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights. Join us in the fight!

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.

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.

In Egypt, Fighting for Women's Futures

Azhar and her 12-year-old daughter,Shayma, in their home

Azhar Hamdy was desperate. A divorced mother in Egypt’s poorest governorate, she believed the only way to give her daughters a better life was to marry them off young. But she was wrong. This is her story.

How Will You Celebrate?

Mother and her daughter in Uganda

On her first Mother’s Day as a mom, Pathfinder’s Sarah Lance has a lot to celebrate. But her mind is never far from the thousands of mothers who are missing.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Nine Can't-Miss Quotes on Reproductive Rights from Strong Women Around the Globe

Quotes from powerful women

It’s far too often that women aren’t in the room when decisions are being made about their reproductive health and rights. But daring women are standing up to the status quo and speaking up on behalf of women everywhere.

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?”

Stay Impatient, Stay Persistent on International Human Rights Day 2013

Marshet on Human Rights Day

Today, on International Human Rights Day, there is much to celebrate. By working together, human rights advocates have made strides that were unimaginable 20 years ago.

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.

Reflections on Father's Day from Viet Nam: What Pathfinder Taught Me About Being a Father

I didn’t picture spending my third Father’s Day 8,073 miles from my wife and son on a work trip to Viet Nam. I also didn’t picture this blog as the start to my literary career. Definitely gang agley there.

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.


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