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Contraception & Family Planning

In developing countries, more than half of all women of reproductive age want to avoid pregnancy. 214 million women are not using an effective method of contraception. And millions of women lack the services they need, leading to 74 million unintended pregnancies in developing countries each year.

This is where Pathfinder works. We believe all people have the right to decide whether or when to have children. We know contraception means better health, more girls in school, and greater resources for families, communities, and nations. In over 100 countries and counting, our contraception programs change lives.

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What We Do

  • Partner with decision-makers to make sure contraception is available wherever it is desired
  • Strengthen health centers, satellite clinics, and community health workers so more people in more places have access to the contraceptive information and services they need
  • Make sure short-term, long-acting, permanent, and emergency contraception are always available so people of all ages can choose the method that’s best for them
  • Connect communities and health systems so people receive the services they need and the quality of care they deserve
  • Talk to men, religious leaders, and other key players to eliminate all biases and misconceptions that can prevent contraceptive use

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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Access to Primary Health Care

Each year, 22,000 women die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth in the DRC. Millions lack the contraceptive services they need. See how we’re changing this—joining dedicated local...

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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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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...

Marie-Claude Mbuyi

Senior Technical Advisor

Marie-Claude Mbuyi has more than twelve years of experience in designing and implementing reproductive, maternal, and child health...

Bruno Ki

Technical Director

Dr. Bruno Ki joined our team in 2016 as the technical director in Burkina Faso. In his role, he manages the implementation of projects that offer high quality family planning and safe abortion...

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.

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