The latest in global sexual and reproductive health news

Planning for Life on World Contraception Day in Niger

Thousands gathered in Niger’s Kantche District in Zinder this week to celebrate the power of family planning as part of the country’s World Contraception Day ceremony.

U.S. Government Officially Recognizes Sexual Rights

In a landmark action this week, the United States government publicly acknowledged that it will begin using the term "sexual rights" in discussions of human rights and global development.

The SDGs Are All About Integration: Good Thing PHE Programs Have Been Doing That for Years

Pathfinder's Cara Honzak and Cheryl Margoluis show how strong PHE is as a reference point for thinking about how to achieve the SDGs.

Pathfinder International Stands with Planned Parenthood

Pathfinder International stands with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and more than 300 organizations that agree that women’s health should not be held hostage to politics.

mHealth Compendum Volume 5 features Pathfinder's mhealth projects

Pathfinder's mhealth projects in Nigeria and Tanzania are highlighted in the latest volume of the mHealth Compendum.

Former UNFPA Executive Director, African NGO, Win 2015 UN Population Award

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, a former Executive Director of UNFPA and a current Pathfinder board member, has won the 2015 United Nations Population Award.

Lessons Learned from Pathfinder on Mobile Money Payments for CHWs

In a recent interview, Pathfinder’s Marion McNabb shared key lessons learned related to developing and implementing mobile money applications to pay community health workers.

Pathfinder International pays thousands of CHWs via mobile money for stipends and training costs in Tanzania, Kenya and more recently Haiti and Mozambique.

A Good Investment on International Women's Day

Purnima Mane joins Jeni Klugman, Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Women in Public Policy Program Fellow, to share the economic benefits of investing in women's reproductive health.

What if you learned about an investment opportunity with an annual return of 120 times your initial contribution? What if this investment not only yielded benefits to you, but created long-standing social and economic benefits for families, communities and countries around the world? It might be hard to imagine, but this opportunity exists: it’s an investment in reproductive health for women and girls.

Chinese Delegation’s Visit to the US Signals Final Handover of Project

Chinese delegation visit
A delegation of five senior Chinese government officials arrived in San Francisco, California on January 22, 2015 for a five-day visit, part of the Pathfinder International Changzhou Migrant Workers' Health and Wellness Project.

Pathfinder Stands by Health Care Needs of Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam

Vietnam workshop
Pathfinder, in collaboration with Vietnam’s Committee for Ethnic and Minority Affairs and the Health Strategy & Policy Institutes of Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, disseminated the results of an assessment on the health care services for ethnic minorities of small population in Vietnam.

Pathfinder Co-Sponsors Politico Ad on Helms Amendment

Pathfinder joins several peer organizations in the call to President Obama to provide access to abortion in cases of rape, incest, and life endangerment.

Pathfinder featured in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Pathfinder's Cue Cards for Counseling Adults on Contraception is featured in the November 2014 issue of BJOG.

U.N. Urged to Reaffirm Reproductive Rights in Post-2015 Agenda

Purnima Mane, president and chief executive officer of Pathfinder International, told IPS, “We are delighted the final set of [proposed] SDGs contains four critical targets on SRHR: three under the health goal and one under the gender goal. But we have not reached the finish line yet. We must all continue to raise our voices to ensure these SRHR targets are intact when the final version is approved."

Anti-LGBT Law Struck Down in Uganda

Pathfinder International welcomes the ruling by Uganda’s Constitutional Court striking down the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Reproductive Rights Take Centre Stage at U.N. Special Session

As the UN continues negotiations on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals for its post-2015 development agenda, population experts are hoping reproductive health will be given significant recognition in the final line-up of the goals later this year.

“I would hope the upcoming U.N. session will highlight the need to include sexual and reproductive health and rights upfront as a core component of the Sustainable Development Goals as the Open Working Group continues to develop its proposal,” said Purnima Mane, President & CEO of Pathfinder International.

The Tragedy of False Honor: Why Violence Against Women Must Stop

In just the last two months, a young, pregnant Pakistani woman is stoned to death by her own family because they did not approve of her marriage. In Nepal, a man set his pregnant wife on fire in a demand for a dowry. In India, two young girls were found hanging after being gang-raped.

"There is no honor in these vicious acts and so-called 'honor' killings. They are just dire reminders that violence against women is alive and well. They diminish women to nothing more than disposable property, devoid of rights. This must come to an end."

In Memoriam: Jeannie Rosoff, Champion for Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights

Pathfinder mourns the loss of Jeannie Rosoff, a champion for women's sexual and reproductive health and rights, who served on Pathfinder International’s Board of Directors from 1994-1999. Rosoff was a true Pathfinder—blazing a trail for others to follow. She was one of the first in the field to see the critical role evidence can play in effecting policy change. The Guttmacher Institute honors Rosoff, their founder and former president, saying:

Jeannie’s contributions to the Institute and to the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights are nothing short of momentous. She was a driving force behind the creation of the Title X program...

Dr. Mengistu Asnake Elected President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations

Mengistu Asnake
On May 18, 2014, Dr. Mengistu Asnake, Pathfinder International’s Country Representative in Ethiopia and Chief of Party for the Integrated Family Health Program, was elected President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

Commission on Population and Development Champions Reproductive Health and Rights for Sustainable Development

This past weekend, national governments called for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of the emerging sustainable development framework at the Commission on Population and Development.
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