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What the US can learn from Ethiopia about birth control

What's more, women in Ethiopia are having fewer children (the fertility rate fell from an average of 6.5 children per woman in 2000 to 4.6 currently), maternal deaths are in decline, and more women are staying in school longer. Plus, more women are opting for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) instead of more traditional short-term methods like birth control pills or condoms.

"If you asked me 15 years ago, there were only 600 health centers and all in very urban areas, but today there are more than 3,500," said Asnake, who is the country representative for Pathfinder International in Ethiopia. "And the health extension program started as a pilot program but now reaches every rural village in the country."

International conference stresses youth's reproductive health rights

Youths are deprived of information and services related to sexual or reproductive health. These issues are considered taboo due to social, cultural or religious norms in the developing and middle-income countries, speakers discussed on the third day of the International Conference on Family Planning, held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre in Indonesia.

"This is our way of calling on the national governments, civil society, and local communities to ensure that long-acting reversible contraceptives are available and accessible to sexually active adolescents and youths, without barriers or bias,” said Dr. Purnima Mane, CEO of Pathfinder International.

Give Youth a Right to Contraceptives

More than 40 leading global health and development organisations attending an international conference on family planning in Bali, Indonesia, have endorsed a statement that calls for the expansion of contraceptive choice for young people to include long acting reversible contraceptives.

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.

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Meeting Contraceptive Needs: Long-Term Associations Of the PRACHAR Project with Married Women’s Awareness and Behavior in Bihar

This article presents findings from an evaluation that sought to shed light on whether the improvements in contraceptive awareness and use observed following the implementation of the PRACHAR project were still evident four to eight years after its completion. Specifically, we examined whether women who were building families in areas where the PRACHAR project had been implemented—many of whom had not been directly exposed to the intervention—reported different contraceptive experiences than did those in comparison areas where the program had not been implemented.

Angola and Ethiopia Take On Family Planning in Latest Learning Exchange

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The Adolescent Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Learning Exchange Trip brought key Angolan stakeholders to visit their counterparts in Ethiopia in July 2015.

SMS Contraception Messages Reach Thousands of Mozambican Youth

The Health COMpass is proud to showcase mCenas! as the latest Spotlight project. mCenas!, an interactive two-way SMS system, reduced the barriers youth face in starting or continuing to use contraception.

Programa Geração Biz, Mozambique: How Did This Adolescent Health Initiative Grow from a Pilot to a National Programme, and What Did It Achieve?

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Rita Badiani joins a team of experts in conducting a systematic review of the literature to gather information on Pathfinder's Geração Biz.

UNICEF Releases Lessons on Strengthening Health Services and Outcomes for Adolescents Living with HIV

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UNICEF's new publication titled "Field Lessons: Strengthening Health Services and Outcomes for Adolescents Living with HIV" includes input from Pathfinder's Gwyn Hainsworth and Rita Badiani.

Mozambique: Study Shows Dismally Low Rate of Contraceptive Use

Pathfinder's mCenas program seen as ray of hope in addressing Mozambique's low rate of contraceptive use.

Ethiopian President Points to Youth as Way to Country’s Development

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At last week’s National Youth Development Consultative Forum in Ethiopia, youth were the priority.

WHO Releases New Adolescent Health Publication for Primary Care Providers

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The World Health Organization's new publication titled "Core competencies in adolescent health and development for primary care providers" includes technical input from Pathfinder's Gwyn Hainsworth.

The Key to Youth-Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

While a complex set of factors contribute to sexual and reproductive health problems among adolescents, these problems are exacerbated by the lack of youth-friendly health services and accurate information on safe sex and contraceptive use, says the International Women's Health Coalition.

One well-documented initiative is Mozambique’s “Geracao Biz” (“Busy Generation”) program, which included refurbishing adolescent-only clinics, developing training materials for workers, and recruiting peer activists to welcome and educate clients in the waiting room.

At Conference in Ethiopia, Youth Development a Priority

Today, Ethiopia begins its first-ever National Youth Development Consultative Forum. The event, titled “Integrated Multi-Sectoral Response for Sustainable Youth Development,” brings together more than 200 participants.

Family Planning Drive Reaches Millions of Women and Girls

The Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) report, the group’s first set of annual data since its formation two years ago, warns population growth could outpace family planning programmes in some countries despite range of contraception initiatives.

In Kenya, health clinics are using text messages to combat empty shelves. As part of one project, nurses send inventory reports via text to a central data management centre and the contraceptives are sent out immediately. Other innovations included the mCenas! project in Mozambique, which educates young people about contraception via text, and a television and online series in India that highlights family planning through drama programmes.

What’s Youth Got to Do With It? Investing in Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health a Development Bargain

Rita Badiani, Mozambique Country Representative for Pathfinder, speaks at the Wilson Center's Sept. 24 event on youth sexual and reproductive health.

Rita Badiani, Mozambique country representative for Pathfinder International, pointed out that in Pathfinder’s Geração Biz program, government data made it difficult to target the youth they wanted to reach. “The health information system actually made adolescents and youth invisible due to the lack of disaggregation for this age group in the system,” she said.

Underage: Addressing Reproductive Health and HIV Needs in Married Adolescent Girls

“Globally, this marginalized population of young women has unique needs and rights that need to be addressed and acknowledged,” said Callie Simon, a technical advisor for adolescent sexual and reproductive health with Pathfinder International. “Married adolescent girls have so little power and decision-making over their bodies, over their choices, [and] over their lives."

Conference Focuses on Holistic Adolescent and Youth Development in Ethiopia

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Building on of the momentum of regional consultations held in May and June 2014 throughout all 11 regions of Ethiopia, Pathfinder will host a national conference in September 2014 focused on a multisectoral response for adolescent and youth development.

Pakistan: Where Mothers Are Also Children

Dr. Tauseef Ahmed, Pakistan country director of Pathfinder International, a non-profit organisation working to improve adolescent and youth access to sexual and reproductive health services in more than 30 countries, says that early pregnancy is not uncommon among teenage brides. In fact, having a baby is a way of proving one’s fertility, and the values of adolescent pregnancy are “protected by women and girls themselves,” he told IPS.
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