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Commemorating White Ribbon Day in Ethiopia

Pathfinder’s Integrated Family Health Project in Ethiopia conducted a one-day panel discussion on gender-based violence.
Type: Press Release
Country: Ethiopia
Focus Area: Gender

Successful site visit to our Integrated Family Health Program in Ethiopia

Katie Taylor of USAID visits our IFHP program in Ethiopia

Call for Expression of Interest in Reproductive, Maternal, and Neonatal Health Innovation Fund Grants

Ethiopia's Federal Ministry of Health has initiated the Reproductive, Maternal, and Neonatal Health Innovation Fund (RIF). The Fund will finance innovative projects that address demand-side barriers in reproductive, maternal, and neonatal health. Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest to the Federal Ministry of Healthwill be September 15, 2014.

Conference focuses on holistic adolescent and youth development in Ethiopia

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Building on of the momentum of regional consultations held in May and June 2014 throughout all 11 regions of Ethiopia, Pathfinder will host a national conference in September 2014 focused on a multisectoral response for adolescent and youth development.

New Video from CSIS Examines Impact of Family Planning in Ethiopia

See Ethiopians—rural women, an Orthodox Priest, the First Lady of Ethiopia, and more—share why they believe family planning is key to their country’s development.

“Women build the society. They build a nation. And investing in family planning is investing in the future.”-Dr. Tewodros Bekele, Director of Maternal, Child Health & Nutrition Programs, Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health

Pathfinder Joins Newly-Established Cancer Committee in Ethiopia

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This week, Pathfinder International was honored to become a part of the newly-formed National Cancer Committee in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia's Model Families Hailed as Agents of Social Transformation

The Guardian's Claire Provost recently visited Pathfinder's Integrated Family Health Project in Ethiopia to explore the root of the country's success in family planning throughout the past decade.

Wudinesh Demisse raises her hand above her head, showing off the matchstick-sized birth-control implant embedded just beneath the skin of her upper arm.

Wudinesh, 28, is a farmer in rural West Arsi, in Ethiopia's central Oromia region. With three children already, Wudinesh says it is time to stop. "For me, three is enough," she says, through a translator. "If they are too many, they are too expensive."

Ethiopian Women Pay High Price for US Aid Abortion Restrictions

Despite tremendous progress on family planning in Ethiopia, organizations like Pathfinder still see Ethiopian women paying a high price for USAID abortion restrictions related to the Helms Amendment.

"Any primary health clinic that doesn't provide abortions is a missed opportunity," said Demet Güral, a physician and vice-president of programmes at Pathfinder International.

Even if women have access to contraception, there are always failure rates, says Güral, and it is essential they can access safe abortion if needed.

"Especially for youth; most are not married, they have a future. How can you talk about family planning for youth and not talk about abortion?

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Country: Ethiopia
Focus Area: Abortion

Rural Ethiopians Spread Good Health Habits Over Coffee

Thousands of women in Ethiopia have joined a Health Development Army to turn the time-honored cultural practice of drinking coffee together into an opportunity to spread the word about better health practices in their rural communities.

“The Women Development Army are women that have implemented the health extension program of government very well so that others in their communities can see what they are benefitting out of this health extension program so that they can adapt or adopt what this Women Development Army are doing,” said Tariku Nigatu, who works with Pathfinder International in Ethiopia.

Five Pioneers Take EXCELL Awards

Five family planning leaders were recognized today for driving extraordinary progress in expanding access to contraceptive information and services at the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP 2013)

Dr. Mengistu Asnake of Ethiopia is the second recipient of the 2013 EXCELL award for family planning achievement at the individual level. Dr. Asnake is Pathfinder International’s Country Representative in Ethiopia, and also serves as its Chief of Party for the Integrated Family Health Program. Dr. Asnake has played a key role in the development of national family planning strategies and guidelines.

Closing Remarks at the Third International Family Planning Conference

In her closing remarks at the International Conference on Family Planning, US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richards discussed global progress toward universal family planning access.

Civil society and NGOs are also essential to these efforts. A USAID partnership with Pathfinder International and John Snow, Inc. is using innovative task-sharing programs to expand access to long-acting contraceptives in rural areas through community-based provision of implants.

Pathfinder International’s Mengistu Asnake Accepts Award for Excellence in Family Planning

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Pathfinder International is proud to announce that our very own Dr. Mengistu Asnake accepted one of the first ever Excellence in Leadership for Family Planning (EXCELL) Awards at the close of this week’s International Conference on Family Planning

Africa: Why Family Planning Is Central to Development

Ethiopia has made tremendous progress toward greater access to family planning in the past decade. Much of that success can be attributed to the Health Extension Program which brings primary health services to under-served areas of Ethiopia.

At a rural health post in the Tigray region, we spoke to a young woman named Meheret, who has been a health extension worker for eight years, and had received training through the USAID-funded Integrated Family Health Program implemented by Pathfinder International. She has seen many changes during that time but remembers well the tough challenges at the outset.

Mobiles to Give Reproductive Health Info to Young People

Pathfinder International is bringing sexual and reproductive health information to young people in Mozambique and Ethiopia, recognizing their unique needs and respecting their rights.

Yesterday, at the International Conference on Family Planning, which is being held in Addis Ababa from 12-15 November, Pathfinder International’s technical advisor Cllie Simon said young people themselves helped identify the major barriers they face in accessing contraception. The organisation then designed two distinct mCeans! messages: one for those who are parenting and one for those who are not. Simon said: “We did it with the youth, by the youth, and for the youth.”

Tailored to Fit: Programming for the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young Women in Africa

Africa's young women have unique sexual and reproductive health needs. This new article from New Security Beat follows a recent panel conversation featuring Pathfinder's Mengistu Asnake and Tanou Diallo on that very subject.

The first time Almaz, a teenager living in rural southern Ethiopia, went to the crowded health care clinic in her village to get contraception, she was told they only helped older women with children. The second time, she waited hours only to find out that her preferred method of contraception was out of stock. Almaz is just one example of the many adolescent girls and young women around the world with unmet needs.

The Surge to Ensure Healthy Community

In Ethiopia, organizations like Pathfinder International are helping to reduce national maternal mortality and morbidity rates by improving access to family planning and maternal health care.

Dr. Mengistu Asnake, IFHP Head and Pathfinder Country Director, said the program supports the Ethiopian Public Health System on Reproductive Health, particularly on Family Planning and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. He said significant achievements are registered in IFHP project implementation regions. Commendable successes have been registered in intensifying efforts to prevent causes of maternal morbidity and mortality by improving access to family planning and maternal health care.

Ethiopian Ministry of Health to Subsidize Chemotherapy Drugs, Expand Cervical Cancer Prevention Efforts

This week, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health announced a nationwide expansion of cervical cancer prevention efforts. The ministry is working with Pathfinder International to expand diagnostics early screening services from just 25 hospitals to 118 total.

Pathfinder International Country Representative Dr. Mengistu Asnake said Pathfinder is supporting prevention of cervical cancer program primarily to stop the development of the disease to a serious stage. Accordingly, it is providing training, technical and material support for service providers.

Integrated Family Health Program Plays Important Role to Achieve Millennium Development Goals

First published in The Daily Monitor, this news article discusses the gains made by Pathfinder's Integrated Family Health Program in Ethiopia and the pivotal role the project plays in achieving Millennium Development Goals.

The Technical Advisory Committee of the Integrated Family Health Program (IFHP) commended the gains achieved by the program in the North Gondar Zone of the Amahara Regional State. It also said that IFHP assumes pivotal role in achieving Millennium Development Goals of reducing child mortality rates and improving maternal health.

#ONEMums: Being ill – two different versions

In light of her own illness, a British mom traveling with ONE reflects on barriers to health care in Ethiopia and how a Pathfinder-organized health center is making a difference for thousands.

The health posts and this health center—funded by USAID and through a program with Pathfinder International and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health—make the difference to thousands of Ethiopians.

Pathfinder International Selected For The Girl Effect Global Giving Challenge

Pathfinder International is pleased to join the Girl Effect Global Giving Challenge. Pathfinder was selected as one of 70 organizations to compete to win the opportunity to be featured on the Girl Effect fundraising page on Global Giving.
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