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The Power of Female Condom Users

Estrella Alcalde, Gender Advisor for Pathfinder Mozambique, is featured in the Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme's 2014 Annual Report discussing the power of female condoms alongside two other UAFC partners.

SMS Contraception Messages Reach Thousands of Mozambican Youth

The Health COMpass is proud to showcase mCenas! as the latest Spotlight project. mCenas!, an interactive two-way SMS system, reduced the barriers youth face in starting or continuing to use contraception.

Mulheres em Idade Fértil Desconhecem Métodos Contraceptivos

A recent study in Mozambique found that of 1,432 women surveyed, 66% had never used any contraception.

Programa Geração Biz, Mozambique: How Did This Adolescent Health Initiative Grow from a Pilot to a National Programme, and What Did It Achieve?

MZ Case Study
Rita Badiani joins a team of experts in conducting a systematic review of the literature to gather information on Pathfinder's Geração Biz.

UNICEF Releases Lessons on Strengthening Health Services and Outcomes for Adolescents Living with HIV

UNICEF lessons learned
UNICEF's new publication titled "Field Lessons: Strengthening Health Services and Outcomes for Adolescents Living with HIV" includes input from Pathfinder's Gwyn Hainsworth and Rita Badiani.

Mozambique: Study Shows Dismally Low Rate of Contraceptive Use

Pathfinder's mCenas program seen as ray of hope in addressing Mozambique's low rate of contraceptive use.

The Key to Youth-Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

While a complex set of factors contribute to sexual and reproductive health problems among adolescents, these problems are exacerbated by the lack of youth-friendly health services and accurate information on safe sex and contraceptive use, says the International Women's Health Coalition.

One well-documented initiative is Mozambique’s “Geracao Biz” (“Busy Generation”) program, which included refurbishing adolescent-only clinics, developing training materials for workers, and recruiting peer activists to welcome and educate clients in the waiting room.

Mozambique Legalises Abortion to Stem Maternal Deaths

President Armando Guebuza on Thursday quietly signed into law a revised penal code bill that eases prohibitions in abortion regulations, a move hailed by health groups.

The move is a victory for women, because it's not so "restrictive" anymore, said Ivone Zilhao a Maputo-based sexual and reproductive health doctor with Pathfinder

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

Family Planning Drive Reaches Millions of Women and Girls

The Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) report, the group’s first set of annual data since its formation two years ago, warns population growth could outpace family planning programmes in some countries despite range of contraception initiatives.

In Kenya, health clinics are using text messages to combat empty shelves. As part of one project, nurses send inventory reports via text to a central data management centre and the contraceptives are sent out immediately. Other innovations included the mCenas! project in Mozambique, which educates young people about contraception via text, and a television and online series in India that highlights family planning through drama programmes.

What’s Youth Got to Do With It? Investing in Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health a Development Bargain

Rita Badiani, Mozambique Country Representative for Pathfinder, speaks at the Wilson Center's Sept. 24 event on youth sexual and reproductive health.

Rita Badiani, Mozambique country representative for Pathfinder International, pointed out that in Pathfinder’s Geração Biz program, government data made it difficult to target the youth they wanted to reach. “The health information system actually made adolescents and youth invisible due to the lack of disaggregation for this age group in the system,” she said.

The return of the female condom?

Pathfinder's "Female Condoms Are Power, Protection, Pleasure" is featured in a BBC News story about the return of the female condom, a method of contraception empowering women around the world.

The Female Condom 2 is far more successful than many in the West realise. It is available in 138 countries, sales have more than doubled since 2007, and the Female Health Company has been turning a profit for eight years.

The vast majority of sales are to four customers - the US aid agency (USAID), the UN and the ministries of health in Brazil and South Africa. Donors and public health officials are keen on anything that gives women the upper hand in what they call "condom negotiation" with men.

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.”

Using Mobile Phones to Give Young People Full Access, Full Choice

Pathfinder International is meeting the unique needs of adolescents and youth by reaching them with information about sexual and reproductive health on their mobile phones.

Pathfinder International, for example, has taken advantage of the mobile phones’ popularity in Mozambique to reach out to young people. The organisation has introduced mCenas!, which means mobile scenes, the country’s first-ever youth-centric text messaging campaign. It delivers information and stories about sex and contraception to young people at the touch of a button.

Youth, Sex, & Mobile Phones: The Latest in Engaging Young People with Mobile Technology

mCenas! press release
1 in 3 people in Mozambique are between the ages of 10 and 24. Young Mozambicans have unique sexual and reproductive health needs and often face tremendous barriers to accurate information and quality services.

Youth, Sex, and Mobile Phones: The Latest in Engaging Young People with Mobile Technology

1 in 3 people in Mozambique are between the ages of 10 and 24. Young Mozambicans have unique sexual and reproductive health needs and often face tremendous barriers to accurate information and quality services.

Community Empowerment in Mozambique through Integrated Systems Strengthening

A new blog from PSI highlights Pathfinder's Integrated Systems Strengthening Approach as used in our Strengthening Communities through Integrated Programming in Mozambique.

One of the most important indicators of SCIP’s progress to date therefore is the steady increase in couple years of protection (CYP) over the life of the project, from 31,131 in the first year to 71,750 at the end of year three. In fact, year three data underestimate CYP because they do not include implants, which were introduced in May 2012.

Female Condom Empowerment Groups in Mozambique

This new blog discusses Pathfinder's work with female condoms in Mozambique, where we help ensure access to female condoms in health facilities and supports the training of providers to counsel and provide services related to female condoms.

In Mozambique, Pathfinder International helps to ensure access to female condoms in health facilities and supports the training of providers to counsel and provide services related to female condoms. In these health facilities female condoms are introduced in ‘Empowerment Groups’. Groups of women gather to discuss negotiating condom use with their partners and how to use the condom correctly.

Mozambican Man Campaigns for Female Condom

The female condom has been making its way across developing countries, particularly those in the African continent. While many see this as a woman's commodity, one man in Mozambique is actively campaigning for it, too.

"The female condom still doesn't have the same attention as the male condom," Nina Yengo says. "Sometimes they're available at the government's medical warehouses for distribution, but they're last on the priority list to be delivered. It's not seen as an important product for medical centers like medicines are."

Pathfinder International Named Winner of "Female Condoms are ____" Contest

On Tuesday, Pathfinder was named the winner of the "Female Condoms Are ____" film contest organized by PATH, the Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme, the Center for Health and Gender Equity, and the National Female Condom Coalition.

“Female Condoms Are My Power, My Protection, My Pleasure!” is one of nearly 30 short films from 12 countries that were submitted to the contest to describe what female condoms mean to the filmmakers and their communities and how female condoms might enhance their lives.

Pathfinder International Receives First Place in “Female Condoms Are…” Film Contest for Highlighting Female Condom Work in Mozambique

Pathfinder team accepts female condom film award
Pathfinder is thrilled to announce that “Female Condoms Are… Power. Protection. Pleasure,” based on our female condom work in Mozambique has won the international “Female Condoms Are…” film contest.
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