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Five digital payment innovations with the potential to transform development

Visa and NetHope grant recipients illustrate the power of digital payments.

With Pathfinder International’s mHMtaani project (Swahili for “mobile health for my community”), community health workers in Kenya’s coastal region use a mobile phone application to register clients, provide health services and upload data to the cloud so program managers can monitor and analyze patient care and outcomes. 

Photo Journal: There’s an app for that

Kenya’s mobile incentive program improves the health of mothers and children, while offering secure and reliable payment to frontline health workers.

Supported by the US Agency for International Development through Pathfinder International’s APHIAplus Nairobi-Coast program, the mHMtaani project (Swahili for “mobile health for my community”) enables community health workers like Elizabeth to register clients, provide health services, and record data directly via a mobile phone.

Spacing: The Key to Sustainability

On Bussi Island, health and environment are intrinsically linked. Pathfinder's Health of People and Environment project teaches communities about how best to keep their families and the environment they depend on healthy.

The clinic teaches women the importance of “spacing”  and offers a variety of options including cycle beads, condoms, pills, intrauterine devices and implants. Family planning methods, such as delaying and spacing out children, are among the most effective ways to better the lives of families and directly contribute to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of reducing infant mortality and improving maternal health.

Pathfinder Staff Safe and Accounted For After Attack in Nairobi

This weekend, several gunmen opened fire in a shopping mall located in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 62 and injuring 175. The gunmen took an undetermined number of hostages and although several have been released, it is unclear if all are accounted for.

Financial Inclusion Through Aid Disbursement

Pathfinder International recently received a Visa Innovation Grant from Visa and NetHope to modernize its community health worker payroll system in Kenya. The system will be paired with electronic employee activity tracking, aiding access to field data.

Each year billions of dollars in cash payments are distributed by development organizations to individuals in need. Across sectors including agriculture, health, and emergency relief, cash payments are dispersed with the intent of imparting a lasting impact on their recipients. As we’ve discussed in this space previously, dealing with cash instead of electronic payments brings risks and inefficiencies to the parties involved, both development organizations and their payments recipients, too, who are likely to have a lot at stake.

UNFPA Explores Collaborative Partnership with Pathfinder International in the Area of Youth Programming

Senior management from UNFPA and Pathfinder International recently held high level talks on how similar programs implemented by the two organizations can be jointly enhanced to increase impact on Kenyans.

Under the maternal and newborn health program, Pathfinder is focused on improving Kenya's health status by supporting government health entities and communities to integrate and strengthen HIV, family planning and maternal and child health services.

Pathfinder International Selected as Visa Innovation Grant Recipient

Pathfinder is proud to announce it is one of five recipients of a Visa Innovation Grant. Visa Inc. in partnership with NetHope announced grants that are helping modernize the disbursement of funds in the fields of agriculture, health and emergency relief.

New Population, Health, and Environment Program for Lake Victoria

Pathfinder International's New Program to aid Uganda and Kenya in the Lake Victoria Basin was announced on Monday at The International Conference for Family Planning in Senegal.

"This new project is a welcome development for many reasons," said ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko. "It brings the integrated PHE approach to one of the world's greatest lakes, it enables respected health NGO Pathfinder to pursue PHE efforts, and marks the return of a leading private donor, the MacArthur Foundation, to a group of foundations willing to support this innovative approach."

Transforming the Health of Communities and Their Environments

Pathfinder announces a groundbreaking award for an integrated, community-managed population, health and environment project in the Lake Victoria Basin of Uganda and Kenya.

Pathfinder Awarded New USAID Project for Kenya's Urban Centers

Pathfinder International is pleased to announce a new five-year, $55 million, USAID award for a project focused on Kenya's largest urban centers--Nairobi and Mombasa and their surrounding areas.

USAID Awards New Health Project for Kenya's Urban Centers

USAID health project, awarded to Pathfinder International, known as the AIDS, Population, and Health Integrated Assistant II (APHIA II) will be implemented in Nairobi and Coast Provinces from January 2011 to December 2015.
Like APHIA II, APHIAplus will strengthen the country's ability to improve the lives of mothers, children and their families in the areas of HIV/AIDS, malaria, family planning, reproductive health, and tuberculosis with quality health services.

High birth rate a threat to Kenya's wealth creation

If Kenya's high birth rate remains, the country's economic development will be stunted, making the need for family planning programs more important than ever.
Her sentiments were echoed by Ms Pamela Onduso of Pathfinder International. "We need to manage our population growth so that the economic growth can catch on," she said.
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