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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.

Launching a New National Strategy for Preventing Child Marriage in Egypt

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On June 16, with funding from the Ford Foundation, Pathfinder International in Egypt, in conjunction with the National Population Council, launched a new national strategy for preventing child marriage.

Launching a New Service in Tanzania: Information and Self-Screening for Tuberculosis on Your Mobile Phone

With support from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Pathfinder joins WHO and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to launch Tanzania’s first-ever self-screening tool for tuberculosis via mobile phones.

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.

Leading Change Beyond the United Nations

Empowering women and girls doesn't require deep pockets or a podium. Pathfinder President Purnima Mane explores empowering women and girls beyond the United Nations.

Women, be good to one another. Ask the younger women in your life to tell you about their aspirations, and help those aspirations grow. When their voice is silenced, elevate it by speaking up yourself. Don't be afraid to tell the truth about women's lives, their power and their potential. "Feminist" isn't a four-letter word and we can't keep treating it like one. Say "yes" to opportunity and "get out of my way" to the social, economic and cultural barriers that try to hold you back.

Feminism for Goddesses: Does Kumari Worship Empower Girls?

While goddess worship is meaningful in areas of the predominantly Hindu country of India, is it a practice that empowers girls? The Guardian explores.

Pathfinder International recognises the importance of engaging with the wider community, including opening dialogues with religious leaders from different faiths as well as Hinduism. Encouraging them to advocate projects in their communities, such as Prachar which focuses on girls' reproductive health and empowerment in Haryana, they have found a shift in negative perceptions and reductions in early marriages and pregnancies.

Pathfinder Receives $35,000 from CREDO Mobile to Advance Sexual and Reproductive Health Worldwide

Pathfinder was recently notified that CREDO Mobile will donate $35,075 to our programs to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in 2014.

Progress Review: Contraception Use Among Adolescent Girls

Giving young women access to birth control is a global public health priority. Find out about the challenges that remain and the projects changing the odds for girls.

An outstanding example of overcoming the barriers that adolescents face accessing contraception is Pathfinder International's PRACHAR project. Intended to promote change in reproductive behaviour of adolescents project in Bihar, India, events were held for newly married couples to celebrate their marriage and emphasise the benefits of delaying having children and provided couples with a small supply of oral contraceptive pills and condoms.

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