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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.

Get Angry: 41 Years After ‘Roe,’ Thousands of Women Are Dying From Unsafe Abortions

41 years after Roe v. Wade, women continue to lose their lives to unsafe abortion because of regressive policies here in the US and abroad. Enough is enough

Policy makers in the United States continue to dictate “what’s best” for women’s health with zero regard for the women themselves. Meanwhile, the world’s women pay the price with their freedom and their lives.

Forty-one years after Roe v. Wade, we’re losing ground on the right to abortion, and what’s more, we’re exporting our regressive policies elsewhere.

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Focus Area: Abortion

Roe v. Wade Anniversary Calls for Redoubling of Support for Women’s Rights to Safe, Legal Abortion Worldwide

On a day that should be reserved for celebrating progress on women’s rights, Pathfinder is deeply concerned about the negative effects domestic policy battles could have on US foreign policy and safe abortion rights in the countries where we work.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Abortion

Ethiopian Women Pay High Price for US Aid Abortion Restrictions

Despite tremendous progress on family planning in Ethiopia, organizations like Pathfinder still see Ethiopian women paying a high price for USAID abortion restrictions related to the Helms Amendment.

"Any primary health clinic that doesn't provide abortions is a missed opportunity," said Demet Güral, a physician and vice-president of programmes at Pathfinder International.

Even if women have access to contraception, there are always failure rates, says Güral, and it is essential they can access safe abortion if needed.

"Especially for youth; most are not married, they have a future. How can you talk about family planning for youth and not talk about abortion?

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

House and Senate Committees Approve Drastically Different Funding Bills for Global Health Programs

Last week, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved vastly different bills to fund U.S. foreign assistance programs, including global health programs for international family planning, maternal and child health, and HIV and AIDS.

El Salvador Court's Decision to Deny Mother Life-Saving Abortion Unacceptable Violation of Human Rights

This week we were outraged to hear that El Salvador’s Supreme Court denied a young mother’s appeal to allow her doctors to perform a potentially life-saving abortion.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Abortion

Pathfinder's Purnima Mane on Family Planning, Saving Lives, and Social Media

+SocialGood talks with Pathfinder International's President and CEO Purnima Mane at Women Deliver 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

"Our main agenda item (at Women Deliver) is to focus on the countries in which we work. To ensure that the unmet need for family planning is something that's being addressed and learning how we can partner with others working in the same area. And also making sure we're highlighting young people." -Purnima Mane

What To Do If You're 16, Pregnant, and Don't Want To Be In Rural South Africa

This new blog takes a look at how Pathfinder is creating demand for and providing access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services in rural South Africa.

Pathfinder has enabled six existing rural community health centers to provide additional sexual and reproductive health services, therefore preventing the necessity of long distance travel—for some. Perhaps the most impressive part of their work is the way Pathfinder ensures services are suited to youth.

Pathfinder by the Numbers in 2012: Over 5.6 Million Visits for Contraceptive Services, Nearly 3 Million Visits for Antenatal and Postpartum Care

At Pathfinder International, data is a critical component of our work. Throughout the year, our team tracks the progress of our programs using a set of global indicators. We're pleased to share some of the highlights of the report below.

YouTube Announces Winners of 2013 DoGooder Video Awards

Recognizing the best in video for social good, YouTube announced the four winners of its DoGooder Video Awards Friday. The categories celebrate videos that tap into the power of the social web to garner support for good causes.

What Mason found most remarkable about this year's winners is how well they all understand YouTube as a social platform.

"The videos are social, shareable, informative, entertaining and surprising. Multiple finalists collaborated with YouTube channels and creators to reach an even wider audience. Finally, the winners had a clear call to action outlining how to make a difference," she said.

Pathfinder Celebrates 40 Years of Roe v. Wade; Challenges for Access to Safe, Legal Abortion Worldwide Remain

Photo of woman with abortion protest sign in Mozambique
Today, Pathfinder Internationals joins our friends, supporters, and allies around the world in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a momentous Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Abortion

Pathfinder International Hosts Key Panels at World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)

Next week, Pathfinder International will join gynecologists, obstetricians, and reproductive health experts from around the world at the XX World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in Rome.

Ensuring Access to Safe, Legal Abortion: A Global Movement Grows

On September 28th, women’s health groups will come together to mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe, Legal Abortion. Pathfinder's Purnima Mane and Planned Parenthood MA's Dianne Luby, joined together to share their thoughts on RH Reality Check.

Sarah O., a young mother in Ghana, is one woman who faced an impossible decision about her body and health. Already struggling to support six children, Sarah learned she was pregnant with a seventh. She traveled to a local clinic where she sought the advice and counsel of one of the nurses on staff, in confidence. The nurse did not think Sarah should end the pregnancy. When she was unable to convince Sarah to raise another child, the nurse told Sarah to carry the pregnancy to term and then she or one of the other nurses would adopt the child. Sarah left the clinic and returned home. A few days later, the staff at the clinic learned that Sarah had died from sepsis after attempting to terminate the pregnancy herself. This sad loss might have been avoided if Sarah had received appropriate counseling, nonjudgmental care, and had genuine access to her full range of options.

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Focus Area: Abortion

Pathfinder International Joins Global Day of Action for Access to Safe, Legal Abortion

On September 28th, national and international women’s health groups will come together in their respective countries – some acting openly for the first time—to mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe, Legal Abortion.

Pathfinder International Celebrates 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Calls Attention to Need for Increased Family Planning and Safe Abortions Worldwide

Today's 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is a critical moment to bring attention to the need for safe, legal, accessible abortion services both in the United States and around the world.

Roe v. Wade Anniversary: Study Says 'Unsafe' Abortions on Rise

The 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark legislation legalizing abortion in the United States, is an opportunity to reflect on global abortion laws and their effects on women.
Various social trends can have an effect on abortion rates, the Lancet report states, though they are difficult to gather local data on, including more women entering the labor force, a rise in the age when women marry, or more sexual activity outside of marriage. The halt in the decline in the rate of global abortions could also be a result of stagnating levels of funding for international family planning, says Cathy Solter, Senior Fellow at Pathfinder International, a nonprofit focused on maternal health and education in developing countries.

National Seminar Highlights Achievements of Mayer Shasthya Project

Community leaders and government officials reflect on the successes of Pathfinder's Mayer Shasthya project.

Pathfinder International Trains Midwives on Safe Abortion

In Bolgatanga, Upper East, Ghana, Pathfinder International leads a one week training workshop on safe abortion for midwives in public and private health institutions.
The workshop, which attracted participants from the Upper West and Upper East Regions, treated topics such as, comprehensive abortion care, adult learning skills and youth-friendly abortion services, management of complications as well as overview and guiding principles including legal perspectives.

Pathfinder contributes to reduction of Maternal Mortality in UER

Pathfinder International is commended for improving women's health in Ghana through collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
Dr. Akpablie explained that the NGO had increased its Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) services to those who really needed it, reaching out to young women, counseling and guiding them to make their own choices regarding their Reproductive Health.
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