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Delivering quality maternal health services in rural India, the role of the private sector

World Health Partners and Pathfinder International are partnering, using a social franchising approach, to leverage rural human resources in order to extend maternal health coverage.

Initiative Launched to Bring Down Maternal Mortality Rate in India

MSD for Mothers launched a new initiative to reduce maternal mortality rates in India this week, naming Pathfinder International as one of three nonprofit partners that will implement project activities.
Notwithstanding India's "rapid" economic growth, higher infant and maternal mortality rates are "robbing" Indian women and girls of their chances to make a contribution, National Commission for Women chief Mamata Sharma said today.

Feminism for Goddesses: Does Kumari Worship Empower Girls?

While goddess worship is meaningful in areas of the predominantly Hindu country of India, is it a practice that empowers girls? The Guardian explores.

Pathfinder International recognises the importance of engaging with the wider community, including opening dialogues with religious leaders from different faiths as well as Hinduism. Encouraging them to advocate projects in their communities, such as Prachar which focuses on girls' reproductive health and empowerment in Haryana, they have found a shift in negative perceptions and reductions in early marriages and pregnancies.

Progress Review: Contraception Use Among Adolescent Girls

Giving young women access to birth control is a global public health priority. Find out about the challenges that remain and the projects changing the odds for girls.

An outstanding example of overcoming the barriers that adolescents face accessing contraception is Pathfinder International's PRACHAR project. Intended to promote change in reproductive behaviour of adolescents project in Bihar, India, events were held for newly married couples to celebrate their marriage and emphasise the benefits of delaying having children and provided couples with a small supply of oral contraceptive pills and condoms.

India’s Golden Chance

Meera Subramanian explores the challenges related to sexual and reproductive health and rights that face women and girls in India as well as Jagriti, a Pathfinder campaign about the harms of early marriage.

Behind the headlines of sexual violence is a culture where girls are forced into marriage and early motherhood. How will India's next generation break the cycle?

Use of Contraceptives on the Rise in Bihar, India

Pathfinder President Purnima Mane discusses reproductive health issues affecting Bihar, India and how Pathfinder programs like PRACHAR and JAGRITI are making a difference.

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.

Pathfinder Announces New Partnership Supporting Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health in India

Pathfinder International is delighted to announce a new partnership with the state government in Haryana, India. The intervention will help strengthen key components of the Reproductive Maternal Neonatal Child Health + Adolescents program.

A Low-Cost, Life-Saving Intervention

In India, Pathfinder International trains health providers on the use of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, a low-cost and innovative device used to treat postpartum hemorrhage and save mothers' lives.

Last year, the WHO, in its latest recommendation on managing postpartum hemorrhage, endorsed the use of non-pneumatic anti-shock garments (NASGs) ‘as a temporising measure till appropriate care is available’ and suggested that national guidelines be reviewed to include NASGs as a low-tech first aid for postpartum hemorrhage.

Curbing Maternal Mortality in India

Doordarshan News covers the launch of Pathfinder International's maternal mortality project in India, an initiative in collaboration with World Health Partners and funded by Merck for Mothers.

"The health of women, especially pregnant women, is a matter of grave concern. In today's scenario, the health sector has seen so much advancement. More than 200 pregnant women out of 100,000 died during labor pains in (India). Although there has been significant strides in reducing the mother mortality rate, a lot needs to be done in tackling the problem."

Type: Press Release
Country: India
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

New Innovations for Preventing and Treating Postpartum Hemorrhage Are Saving Women’s Lives

NASG Use in Nigeria
New research and analysis from Pathfinder International, the University of California San Francisco Safe Motherhood Program, and PATH shows that innovative, collaborative efforts to address postpartum hemorrhage are working.

Corporate Joins Hands with NGOs to Curb Maternal Mortality

Pathfinder International was recently named one of three NGOs chosen by Merck for Mothers to lead efforts to reduce maternal mortality in some of the most at-risk states in India.

MSD for Mothers recently announced the launch of its global initiative to reduce maternal mortality in India. It is partnering with three NGOs to improve the quality of healthcare received by pregnant women in India.

Merck Sharp and Dohme Launches Indian Maternal Health Scheme

This week Merck for Mothers announced a new initiative to improve maternal health throughout India, naming Pathfinder as one of three nonprofit partners to carry out work to reduce maternal mortality in some of the most at-risk communities in the country.

By allying with the Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust, Pathfinder International with World Health Partners and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood with Gram Vaani, Merck will be able to help nearly 500,000 pregnant women in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand.

National Commission for Women Chief Calls for Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality

MSD for Mothers' new initiative to reduce maternal mortality launched in India this week. Pathfinder is one of three nonprofits chosen to lead project activities in three of the most at-risk states in the country.

Coordinated efforts by NGOs and the private sector are necessary to take various government schemes to grass roots level and to reduce the maternal mortality rate, National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma said on Tuesday.

MSD for Mothers Launches Initiative in India to Reduce Maternal Mortality Rate

Pathfinder is pleased to be one of the organizations recently selected by MSD for Mothers to address maternal morbidity and mortality in India. The initiative, which was officially launched this week, targets some of the most at-risk states in India.

“We have made great strides towards Millennium Development Goal 5, but we know there’s more work to do to reach that target,” Mamta Sharma, chairperson, National Commission for Women said speaking at the India launch. “These new partnerships demonstrate innovative ways of working together to address this issue and bring India closer to our goal.”

Merck India to Invest $10 Million to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Pathfinder International was recently named one of three NGOs chosen by Merck for Mothers to lead efforts to reduce maternal mortality in some of the most at-risk states in India.

"We are launching the programme in India as part of our global initiative. We would be investing $10 million over the next three years in this initiative," MSD India Manging Director K G Ananthakrishnan told reporters here.

Pathfinder Announces New Maternal Health Awards from Merck for Mothers

Merck for Mothers
Pathfinder International is pleased to announce three new grants to support maternal health projects in India, Nigeria, and Peru.

Empowering Community Health Workers in Bihar: Mobile Academy and Mobile Kunji

In partnership with Mobile Kunji and Mobile Academy, Pathfinder is rolling out a training program for thousands of community health workers who will increase the demand and practice of priority maternal and neonatal health behaviors in Bihar, India.

As part of the Ananya programme, BBC Media Action is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reduce maternal and infant mortality by 40% in Bihar, India by 2015.

Sex workers’ convention kicks off, to focus on their rights

An Indian federation of community-based organizations supported by Pathfinder International holds its first statewide convention focused on the rights of social inclusion and protection for vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Pathfinder’s work in the state for past nine years has resulted in significant reduction of new HIV infections, said T K Jayarajan. This convention is the first-of-its-kind where specific issues of marginalised communities in accessing their rights for social inclusion and protection is being discussed.

JAGRITI: Stop Child Marriage Campaign

The Elders Visit Pathfinder-Supported Initiative to Stop Child Marriage
To further youth engagement on ending child marriage, Pathfinder is incubating a youth-led and youth-centric campaign—JAGRITI (which means ‘awakening’ in Hindi) in Bihar, a state with high rates of child marriage.
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