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Making the Goals: Why Sustainable Development Must Be Integrated Development

By recognising how closely connected the different aspects of sustainable development are, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) create an important opportunity – and challenge – for a more coordinated approach to implementing development policies.

Pathfinder Highlights Urgent Needs of Young People for 2016 World Contraception Day

Pathfinder joins the global health community in celebrating World Contraception Day. Launched in 2007, World Contraception Day aims to raise awareness about the importance and availability of a full range of contraception, especially for young people.

Not Just For Men: Global Female Condom Day Celebrated Worldwide

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Today, Pathfinder celebrates Global Female Condom Day with educational events and advocacy around the world that brings a heightened focus on a still-obscure tool in women’s sexual and reproductive health.

Pathfinder Seeks Collaboration With Niger State On Reproductive And Maternal Health

Pathfinder has indicated interest to support Niger State Government’s through an holistic health reform agenda to provide affordable and qualitative healthcare services for Nigerlites.

Pathfinder Wins Quality Innovation Challenge

On August 16, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced Pathfinder as one of the 2016 Quality Innovation Challenge awardees. The Quality Innovation Challenge is a global call for creative ideas to improve quality in sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents and youth.

Male Involvement in Family Planning Vital for Demographic Dividend

Addressing the gathering, Mr Josea Otege of Pathfinder International said that Demographic Dividend is achieved due to policy changes in education, health, family planning, economic reforms and government accountability, which in turn help to promote demographic transition.

Pathfinder Launches Burundi’s First Cervical Cancer Prevention Program

On August 19, 2016 Pathfinder International was pleased to inaugurate the first cervical cancer prevention program in Burundi. Burundi has the 8th highest rate of cervical cancer in the world.

Population boom can be worrisome

In Tanzania, despite the fact that the citizens were busy obeying the scriptures, the point was further driven home when President John Magufuli told people that they should go ahead and produce as many children as they so wish, because after all, the government will cater for their education.

Pathfinder Wins Excellence Award at InsideNGO Annual Conference

On July 13, 2016, InsideNGO honored Pathfinder International’s Program Systems Unit with its 2016 Excellence Award in Cross Operations at its annual conference in Washington, DC. Pathfinder was chosen as a winner due to its work in transforming a paper-based project compliance review system to a digital app and online monitoring portal, a transition that has greatly improved Pathfinder’s ability to monitor its many supported health facilities. After a successful pilot in Nigeria and roll-out in Bangladesh, the team is currently coordinating additional roll-outs in Tanzania, Kenya, and other locations.

HoPE for Sustainable Development: Results From an Integrated Approach in East Africa

Supported by Pathfinder International, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Packard Foundation, the Health of the People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin initiative, or HoPE-LVB, has employed the PHE model to address food insecurity, weak health infrastructure, environmental degradation, high maternal and infant mortality, and inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Whether or Not Cheering Is Warranted, There Are Ways to Celebrate World Population Day

Firmaron Convenio Internacional para Reforzar Reducción de Mortalidad Materna

Con la finalidad de continuar con la disminución de la mortalidad materna, el Gobierno Regional La Libertad, a través del sector salud y ONG, fortalecerán capacidades.

Myanmar’s Changing Political Landscape: An Opportunity for Quality Reproductive Health Care

The political landscape in Myanmar is undergoing a big change. Together with other positive developments discussed ahead, this presents a favorable political environment to push for health reforms and create a foundation to advance quality and rights issues in reproductive health.

AFP Expands Efforts In India, Partners With Jhpiego and Pathfinder

The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative is increasing its advocacy efforts in India this year, expanding into a new state and pursuing national-level advocacy through the private sector. The India offices of Jhpiego and Pathfinder International will join as AFP’s local partners to support this expansion, which results from a recent supplement award.

Media role critical in curbing population boom

Media can play an effective role by creating awareness among a large segment of society to keep the population under control in order to better utilise diminishing natural resources.

Media should create awareness among masses by sharing positive stories and articles in support of birth spacing, said [Tauseef Ahmed]. During the workshop, officials of the Pathfinder International shared the concept of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies with the journalists and how media could help in advocating this through articles and stories. 

Moot on media role in health

Country Representative of Pathfinder International Dr Tauseef Ahmed has said that allocation of resources for civic enmities and provision of livelihood would be a huge challenge for all the provinces if current growth rate remained unchecked.

Dr Tauseef Ahmed urged media to give positive stories and articles in support of birth spacing. 

Media can shape general public opinion, moot told

Pathfinder International organised a two-day workshop for media personnel in Karachi to highlight role of media in addressing population and reproductive health challenges. The workshop highlighted the role of media in addressing issues, challenges and identifying opportunities related to population and health.

Dr Tauseef Ahmed, Country Representative of Pathfinder International said if the current growth rate remained un-checked, it would become a huge challenge for each of the province to allocate resources for civic enmities to people and to ensure livelihood for all.

What the US can learn from Ethiopia about birth control

What's more, women in Ethiopia are having fewer children (the fertility rate fell from an average of 6.5 children per woman in 2000 to 4.6 currently), maternal deaths are in decline, and more women are staying in school longer. Plus, more women are opting for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) instead of more traditional short-term methods like birth control pills or condoms.

"If you asked me 15 years ago, there were only 600 health centers and all in very urban areas, but today there are more than 3,500," said Asnake, who is the country representative for Pathfinder International in Ethiopia. "And the health extension program started as a pilot program but now reaches every rural village in the country."

Family planning facing bottlenecks due to lack of knowledge, moot told

The provision of family planning in Pakistan is hindered by many factors ranging from lack of knowledge to poverty, religious barriers, poor access and commodities, traditional beliefs, misconceptions, lack of male involvement, poor coordination of health programmes.
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