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43 percent of pregnancies unintended in Sindh, seminar told

Pathfinder's Tauseef Ahmed, Country Representative in Pakistan, discusses the difficulties the country faces due to its high population.

“You can earn demographic dividend only if you invest in health (that included reproductive health and family planning), education, employment opportunities and good governance,” Dr Tauseef Ahmed of Pathfinder said, adding that governance based on merit-based decisions and accountability was the backbone of the process.

Protecting People and the Environment in Lake Victoria Basin

A video provides a snapshot of Pathfinder International’s Health of People and Environment in Lake Victoria Basin project, an integrated population, health, and environment project supported by MacArthur. The project aims to reduce threats to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem degradation in the Lake Victoria Basin while increasing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health services.

Pathfinder, Gates Foundation to support healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies in Niger

A focus on family planning services and the availability of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods are part of a new program to raise the contraceptive prevalence rate and promote healthy spacing of pregnancies in Niger.

Experts stress need to invest in youth on ‘World Population Day’

Demographic expert Dr Tauseef Ahmed, while speaking at a workshop organised by non-government organisations Subh-e-Nau and Pathfinders, said that if we fail to invest in the youth, not only they will be unskilled and uneducated but they will stay unemployed.

World Population Day: Call for concrete measures to curb growth

Pathfinder International head Dr Tauseef Ahmed said that most of the youth was now being dubbed “uneducated, unskilled, and devoid of aspirations”. He said growing population is a cross-cutting issue all over the world, he said.

Conference shines spotlight on family planning in Myanmar

Family Planning Conference
Pathfinder International joins Myanmar’s Ministry of Health in hosting the three-day Family Planning Best Practices Conference beginning Monday, June 30, 2014.

New Video from CSIS Examines Impact of Family Planning in Ethiopia

See Ethiopians—rural women, an Orthodox Priest, the First Lady of Ethiopia, and more—share why they believe family planning is key to their country’s development.

“Women build the society. They build a nation. And investing in family planning is investing in the future.”-Dr. Tewodros Bekele, Director of Maternal, Child Health & Nutrition Programs, Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health

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.

Pathfinder to Launch CommCare as part of Groundbreaking mHealth Initiative in Haiti

SSQH release
This spring, Pathfinder is kicking off monumental mHealth work for our Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haiti (SSQH) Central and South project.

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.

Join The Nature Conservancy and Pathfinder International for "7 Billion and Counting: Population and the Planet"

On April 28, a panel of leading thinkers will tackle the question of whether population growth must harm nature and its ability to sustain life.

Entrepreneurs in Africa Find Opportunity in Scarcity

A visitor to Pathfinder's Health of People and Environment project discusses the project's unique approach to tying education on family planning in with lessons on sustainability an economic dependence.

Annet Samaya leads a cluster of five model households on Bussi Island. HoPE has taught them sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry, sanitation and hygiene, and family planning. With income from her small farm, she has earned enough to send two of her children to boarding school on the mainland. She teaches other residents how to be similarly entrepreneurial.

Strength, Resilience and Selflessness: A Mother's Love is Universal

Haroon Mokhtarzada writes about his recent visit to Pathfinder's Health of People and Environment project in the Lake Victoria Basin, Uganda.

With assistance and training from the Hope Project, Annet had learned sustainable agricultural practices and developed her land to such a point that it now yields more than enough to support her family. When I asked how she spends her surplus she replied that she sends her two oldest children to a good boarding school so that they may have more opportunities in the future.

From Victoria to Chilwa: Integrated Development in Two African Lake Basins

In the Lake Victoria Basin, growing populations, shrinking resource bases, and persistent human health concerns demonstrate the need for integrated development approaches that combine population, health, and environmental (PHE) interventions.

The Lake Victoria Basin Commission’s work has garnered political buy-in from key actors at multiple levels, resulting in projects like the Health of People and Environment Lake Victoria Basin (HoPE-LBV) project, led by Pathfinder International. HoPE-LBV has been successful in a number of ways, said Othero, including helping to shift prevailing gender roles by encouraging men to engage in family planning and reproductive health and by encouraging women to engage in sustainable livelihoods and natural resource management.

Panel Examines What Drives Health Advancements in Bangladesh

Pathfinder's Dr. Halida Akhter reports on a recent panel's discussion around what has driven health advancements in Bangladesh and how those findings can be applied elsewhere.

Ethiopia's Model Families Hailed as Agents of Social Transformation

The Guardian's Claire Provost recently visited Pathfinder's Integrated Family Health Project in Ethiopia to explore the root of the country's success in family planning throughout the past decade.

Wudinesh Demisse raises her hand above her head, showing off the matchstick-sized birth-control implant embedded just beneath the skin of her upper arm.

Wudinesh, 28, is a farmer in rural West Arsi, in Ethiopia's central Oromia region. With three children already, Wudinesh says it is time to stop. "For me, three is enough," she says, through a translator. "If they are too many, they are too expensive."

How Mad Would You Be If Your Doctor Acted Like This?

222 million women worldwide lack access to contraception. Together, we can change that. Pathfinder's "No Joke. Choice Matters" video is a snapshot of the issues women face in accessing sexual and reproductive health services every day.

Making patients walk 18 miles to a clinic with a UTI? Requiring their husband's permission to get birth control? Women deserve better health care than this.

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.

Family Planning: Coverage, Access to Services Poor, Says Report by Pathfinder International and UNFPA

According to a new study conducted by Pathfinder International and UNFPA, coverage and access to family planning services remains a challenge in Pakistan.

Tauseef Ahmed, Pathfinder International’s country representative said, “Devolution was done in a hurry without capacity-building of provincial counterparts for their new responsibilities.” Family planning is the right of every woman and by depriving them, you’re putting their lives at stake, he added.

Rural Ethiopians Spread Good Health Habits Over Coffee

Thousands of women in Ethiopia have joined a Health Development Army to turn the time-honored cultural practice of drinking coffee together into an opportunity to spread the word about better health practices in their rural communities.

“The Women Development Army are women that have implemented the health extension program of government very well so that others in their communities can see what they are benefitting out of this health extension program so that they can adapt or adopt what this Women Development Army are doing,” said Tariku Nigatu, who works with Pathfinder International in Ethiopia.

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