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Fishing and family planning – how the two are linked

Sometimes, delivering mixed messages is a good thing, as an integrated project in the Lake Tanganyika region has proved.

Vodafone Launches Toll-Free Lines for Ambulance Taxi

UK-based telecom giant Vodafone Group announced yesterday the launch of a pioneering new toll-free emergency line for ambulance taxi service in Tanzania.

Pioneering new ‘ambulance taxi’ service could help save at least 2,700 lives of pregnant mothers and babies in rural Tanzania each year

The first-of-its-kind service launched in districts in Tanzania where maternal and infant mortality rates believed to be among highest in the world.

The 'Uber for emergencies' saving pregnant women’s lives in Africa

The "ambulance taxi" initiative is the latest from the Vodafone Foundation, which is using mobile technology to help improve access to healthcare, education and disaster relief in developing countries.

Tanzania: Sh24 Billion Project Aims to Boost Growth in Rangelands

People living across Tanzania's northern rangelands will benefit from a $12 million project aimed at improving livelihood, ecosystems, governance, and economic growth across.

Climate Change, Health, and Population Dynamics: A View from Tanzania

As people around the world celebrate the remarkable Paris Agreement to address climate change, there’s a genuine opportunity for countries to act on their financial pledges to help the world adapt to climate change – especially people in developing countries who are most vulnerable.

Twenty-four villages are now participating in the Tuungane Project (Kiswahili for “Let’s Unite), a partnership between TNC and Pathfinder International that holistically address reproductive health, the environment and livelihood needs of these communities in this region.

Fit contraception to local needs, health workers urged

Giving women the option of using contraception tailored to their individual circumstances is vital to increasing birth control in developing countries, an event heard last week.

Building Local Currency: Three Lessons from Successful Advocacy Projects in the Global South

With funding from the Tides Foundation, Pathfinder's Money Well Spent project encourages districts to fund family planning and reproductive health services.
Type: Pathfinder in the News
Country: Tanzania
Focus Area: Advocacy

Launching a New Service in Tanzania: Information and Self-Screening for Tuberculosis on Your Mobile Phone

With support from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Pathfinder joins WHO and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to launch Tanzania’s first-ever self-screening tool for tuberculosis via mobile phones.

See How Condoms Reach the Most Remote Villages in Africa

Condoms remain some of the most effective and affordable tools for combating unintended pregnancy. But how do condoms get to people who live in some of the hardest-to-reach corners of the world?

Tanzania-based photographer Sala Lewis traveled with global health organization Pathfinder International to document the Tuungane program in Tanzania, which brings condoms from the urban center of Kigoma to the small villages around the Mahale National Park. Project staff travel to the field at least once every two weeks, delivering what ever supplies are needed — contraception, anti-malaria drugs or even a new radio.

Tanzania Likely to Fall Short On Its Family Planning Targets

Tanzania will likely fall short of its 2015 reproductive health targets, which aim to reduce one million abortions, 2.9 million unintended births, and 18,000 maternal deaths that occur every year because of poor of access to family planning services.

Pasiens Mapunda, a reproductive health expert at Pathfinder International, told IRIN that while "women are beginning to take up family planning and facility births are increasing" challenges such as "inadequate health facilities, long distance[s] from homes to the nearest available hospital and even low staffing still remain and needs to be dealt with."

Pathfinder Welcomes Deputy Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Lands Global Team

Nina Hadley
Pathfinder International is pleased to announce that we will host Nina Hadley, Deputy Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Lands Global Team, from October 22-25, as part of her fellowship sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.
Type: Press Release
Country: Tanzania
Focus Area: Behavior Change

Healthy Habitats

This update discusses Pathfinder and its partners' progress on population, health, and environment work in Tanzania.

In 2011, when the Nature Conservancy joined forces with healthcare nonprofit Pathfinder International, the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Tanzanian government, the partners hoped to disrupt a deepening cycle of overfishing, habitat destruction, and poverty around Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika.

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.

Nature Conservancy, Pathfinder International Collaborate for Healthier Moms, Children, and Environment

A collaboration made up of the Nature Conservancy, Pathfinder International, the Jane Goodall Institute, and other organizations is empowering communities through health and environment.

The Tuungane project is a comprehensive, collaborative project with partner organizations like the Jane Goodall Institute, Pathfinder International, Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Tanzanian government that is aimed at empowering communities on a number of fronts at the same time.

Linking Conservation And Development To Save Africa’s Largest Lake

In Western Tanzania, Pathfinder and the Nature Conservancy have teamed up to tackle issues in health and environment simultaneously with a project that recognizes the unique relationship of a population and their ecosystem.

This year, the Nature Conservancy is working with Pathfinder International in Western Tanzania to prove that protecting the health of individuals and their natural resources (food, water, soil) will improve their livelihoods significantly as opposed to only treating one issue.

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."

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