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Haryana becomes 1st to launch injectable contraceptive

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the 'Project Salamati' which is being implemented by state health department with the assistance of Pathfinder International, is initially being implemented in nine health blocks of four districts of the state.

Expanding Access to the Intrauterine Device in Public Health Facilities in Ethiopia: A Mixed-Methods Study

Following the introduction of IUDs into the Ethiopian public health sector, use of the method increased from <1% in 2011 to 6% in 2014 in a sample of 40 health facilities. This shift occurred in the context of wide method choice, following provider training, provision of post-training supplies, and community-based awareness creation. The IUD was acceptable to a diverse range of clients, including new contraceptive users, those with little to no education, those from rural areas, and younger women, thus suggesting a strong latent demand for IUDs in Ethiopia.

Barriers to "Morning After" Pill

The ‘morning after’ pill is effective up to five days after unprotected sex. Often confused with medical abortion pills, the pill's high price puts it out of reach for most women.

“Lack of awareness, bias of service providers, lack of requisitioning, no proper study done regarding its uptake” are further major barriers to ECP use, Tauseef Ahmed, country representative of Pathfinder International, a family planning and reproductive health NGO, tells SciDev.Net. 

Global Health Leaders Call to Expand Contraceptive Choice for Adolescents and Youth to Include Long-Acting Reversible Methods

Leading global health organizations discussed their commitment to a new Global Consensus Statement supporting the expansion of contraceptive choice for young people to include long-acting reversible contraceptives at the International Conference of Family Planning.

The Road To 2030: Keeping Reproductive Health Supplies in Myanmar’s Universal Health Coverage Scheme

Preparations for universal health coverage are progressing steadily in Myanmar. Reproductive health supplies, including contraceptives, are already a priority for the government.

Fin à Cotonou des travaux de la 4ème réunion annuelle du Partenariat de Ouagadougou

Les Délégués des neuf pays du Partenariat de Ouagadougou, les représentants de la société civile, les partenaires techniques et financiers réunis du 9 au 11 Décembre 2015 à Cotonou au Bénin dans le cadre de la 4ème réunion annuelle, ont clôturé leurs travaux, vendredi dernier avec beaucoup d'espoirs et de détermination à accélérer la PF en 2016-2020.

Dr Sani Aliou de Pathfinder Afrique de l'ouest: «Je suis confiant que même si le Niger n'atteint pas les 25%, il va se rapprocher certainement.»

Committee commends zonal health performance

The Technical Advisory Committee commended IFHP's positive results gained at visited health posts, centers and households in South Gondar Zone, Amhara State, in terms of maternal care, child health, adolescent and youth reproductive health and family planning.

Sindh Leads in Family Planning

Sindh has taken a lead in family planning through paying equal attention towards maternal health and efficient implementation of birth spacing. Speakers said here Thursday in a seminar on Dissemination of Costed Implementation Plan on Family Planning.

Why IUD Access in India Falls Short

Reliable, long-acting birth control could save women's lives in India. So why aren't they using it?

With the incentive structures in place for better or worse, women's rights NGOs are working hard to make sure women are given a range of choices and not pushed toward sterilizations. The nonprofit Pathfinder, for example, specifically trains family-planning counselors in what they call a "rights-based" framework, giving women as much information as possible and letting clients guide the process of choosing the right form of contraception for themselves. Other NGOs that focus on women's rights use similar models.

Quartiers non-lotis: L’accès à la planification familiale requiert toute une stratégie

Le PROBLÈME d’accès aux services de santé de la reproduction et de la planification familiale est réel dans les zones non-loties de Ouagadougou, où s’exprime au quotidien la précarité.Cependant, des associations comme SOS JEUNESSE et défi (SOS/JD) adoptent des projets innovants permettant de répondre un tant soit peu aux besoins non satisfaits de cette catégorie de la population.

Pathfinder and E2A Events Postponed at ICFP

Due to the postponement of the International Conference on Family Planning, the following planned Pathfinder and E2A side events have also been postponed.

Despite the odds, one doctor promotes family planning in Muslim Nigeria

For 10 years, Dr. Farouk Mohammed Jega has been championing evidence-based arguments to try to persuade clerics that Islam supports family planning methods, contrary to the views of many clerics in Nigeria.

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.

Anahí de Cárdenas presentará la campaña “Si tomaste una decisión, cuídate”

The actress and model, Anahí de Cárdenas, officially presents the campaign "Si tomaste una decisión, cuídate" to raise awareness among women of childbearing age on methods of contraception.

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.

Donation of Motorbikes Supports Family Planning in Niger

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Pathfinder's IMPACT project in Niger donates 50 motorbikes to the Ministry of Health in order to better serve the area's population.

Pathfinder Mourns Loss of Valerie DeFillipo

Pathfinder International mourns the loss of Valerie DeFillipo, and we extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

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.

Positive Strides in Tackling Maternal, Newborn Mortality

Degefech
Degefech Ayele is a Health Extension Workers at Walana Health Post in Kacha Bira Woreda, Kembata Tembaro Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State. She and her fellow workers provide family planning, vaccination for children under five and other healthcare services for the environs.

Life in the Clouds: Boosting Haitian Health Care Through Technology

A health worker brings higher quality services to her patients and better data access to medical staff through a device in the palm of her hand.

"Not everyone has the money for health care, but these people know that now there is someone looking after them and it gives comfort,” says Orvillus. “Plus, I’m so pleased to have this [the handheld device] because it improves the quality of the services I can bring.”

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