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Adolescents & Youth

Nearly half of the world’s population is under 25. Most live in the poorest countries, where the second leading cause of death for girls 15-19 globally is complication in pregnancy and childbirth. 23 million adolescents need contraception but don’t have it. Over 1 billion young people need accurate, unbiased information and health care free from judgment.

Pathfinder is making sure they get it. We believe sexual and reproductive health care is essential for young people to realize their full potential. Their lives depend on it. Wherever the need is most urgent, our programs ensure young people can make their own decisions about their bodies and choose their own path forward.

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What We Do

  • Empower adolescents and youth to make their own decisions about their bodies and their futures by changing community norms related to gender, adolescent sexuality, early marriage, and childbearing
  • Strengthen health services to offer young people the sexual and reproductive health care they need without judgment or bias, including access to long-acting contraceptive methods
  • Support young women and first-time parents to delay their first pregnancy and space their births to ensure the health of the mother and her children
  • Partner with young people to develop new and creative behavior change strategies—like digital health and games—that lead to healthier practices and lifelong good habits
  • Connect young advocates and policymakers to foster supportive policies that promote young people’s health and rights

Discover Our Projects

Beyond Bias

Of the estimated 38 million sexually active adolescents in developing regions who don’t want a child in the next two years, 23 million have an unmet need for contraception. We’re generating...

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Increasing Access to Reproductive Health

Civil war and political violence have taken a heavy toll on the health system of Côte d’Ivoire. See how Pathfinder is drawing on regional experience to increase method mix and decrease unsafe...

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ShaadiPhoto

An innovative project using photography to improve contraceptive counseling and increase access to contraceptive methods for young people living in low income areas of New Delhi....

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Toward Healthy Adolescent Girls

17% of girls in Egypt are married before their 18th birthday. See how Pathfinder’s partnership with Egypt’s National Population Council led to system-wide changes to early marriage policies,...

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Meet Our Staff

Cate Lane

Senior Technical Advisor, Adolescent & Youth Sexual & Reproductive Health

Cate Lane brings more than 20 years of experience in adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health to...

Béatrice Nday wa Mbayo

Project Manager

Béatrice Mbayo has more than 15 years of experience in HIV & AIDS, adolescent and youth reproductive health, chronic diseases, women’s empowerment, advocacy, and income...

Kidest Lulu

Deputy Country Director

Kidest is our deputy country director in Ethiopia and the technical director for our TRANSFORM...

Nisha Dubey

Associate Director of Corporate Engagement

Nisha is a social development professional with 11 years of rich experience of program implementation in the field of girls’ education, family planning, adolescent sexual and reproductive health...

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.

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