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Pathfinder Highlights Urgent Needs of Young People for 2016 World Contraception Day

Pathfinder joins the global health community in celebrating World Contraception Day. Launched in 2007, World Contraception Day aims to raise awareness about the importance and availability of a full range of contraception, especially for young people.

Not Just For Men: Global Female Condom Day Celebrated Worldwide

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Today, Pathfinder celebrates Global Female Condom Day with educational events and advocacy around the world that brings a heightened focus on a still-obscure tool in women’s sexual and reproductive health.

Male Involvement in Family Planning Vital for Demographic Dividend

Addressing the gathering, Mr Josea Otege of Pathfinder International said that Demographic Dividend is achieved due to policy changes in education, health, family planning, economic reforms and government accountability, which in turn help to promote demographic transition.

HoPE for Sustainable Development: Results From an Integrated Approach in East Africa

Supported by Pathfinder International, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Packard Foundation, the Health of the People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin initiative, or HoPE-LVB, has employed the PHE model to address food insecurity, weak health infrastructure, environmental degradation, high maternal and infant mortality, and inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene.

AFP Expands Efforts In India, Partners With Jhpiego and Pathfinder

The Advance Family Planning (AFP) initiative is increasing its advocacy efforts in India this year, expanding into a new state and pursuing national-level advocacy through the private sector. The India offices of Jhpiego and Pathfinder International will join as AFP’s local partners to support this expansion, which results from a recent supplement award.

Media can shape general public opinion, moot told

Pathfinder International organised a two-day workshop for media personnel in Karachi to highlight role of media in addressing population and reproductive health challenges. The workshop highlighted the role of media in addressing issues, challenges and identifying opportunities related to population and health.

Dr Tauseef Ahmed, Country Representative of Pathfinder International said if the current growth rate remained un-checked, it would become a huge challenge for each of the province to allocate resources for civic enmities to people and to ensure livelihood for all.

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."

Family planning facing bottlenecks due to lack of knowledge, moot told

The provision of family planning in Pakistan is hindered by many factors ranging from lack of knowledge to poverty, religious barriers, poor access and commodities, traditional beliefs, misconceptions, lack of male involvement, poor coordination of health programmes.

Haryana becomes 1st to launch injectable contraceptive

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the 'Project Salamati' which is being implemented by state health department with the assistance of Pathfinder International, is initially being implemented in nine health blocks of four districts of the state.

Expanding Access to the Intrauterine Device in Public Health Facilities in Ethiopia: A Mixed-Methods Study

Following the introduction of IUDs into the Ethiopian public health sector, use of the method increased from <1% in 2011 to 6% in 2014 in a sample of 40 health facilities. This shift occurred in the context of wide method choice, following provider training, provision of post-training supplies, and community-based awareness creation. The IUD was acceptable to a diverse range of clients, including new contraceptive users, those with little to no education, those from rural areas, and younger women, thus suggesting a strong latent demand for IUDs in Ethiopia.

Global Health Leaders Call to Expand Contraceptive Choice for Adolescents and Youth to Include Long-Acting Reversible Methods

Leading global health organizations discussed their commitment to a new Global Consensus Statement supporting the expansion of contraceptive choice for young people to include long-acting reversible contraceptives at the International Conference of Family Planning.

Barriers to "Morning After" Pill

The ‘morning after’ pill is effective up to five days after unprotected sex. Often confused with medical abortion pills, the pill's high price puts it out of reach for most women.

“Lack of awareness, bias of service providers, lack of requisitioning, no proper study done regarding its uptake” are further major barriers to ECP use, Tauseef Ahmed, country representative of Pathfinder International, a family planning and reproductive health NGO, tells SciDev.Net. 

The Road To 2030: Keeping Reproductive Health Supplies in Myanmar’s Universal Health Coverage Scheme

Preparations for universal health coverage are progressing steadily in Myanmar. Reproductive health supplies, including contraceptives, are already a priority for the government.

Fin à Cotonou des travaux de la 4ème réunion annuelle du Partenariat de Ouagadougou

Les Délégués des neuf pays du Partenariat de Ouagadougou, les représentants de la société civile, les partenaires techniques et financiers réunis du 9 au 11 Décembre 2015 à Cotonou au Bénin dans le cadre de la 4ème réunion annuelle, ont clôturé leurs travaux, vendredi dernier avec beaucoup d'espoirs et de détermination à accélérer la PF en 2016-2020.

Dr Sani Aliou de Pathfinder Afrique de l'ouest: «Je suis confiant que même si le Niger n'atteint pas les 25%, il va se rapprocher certainement.»

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.

Sindh Leads in Family Planning

Sindh has taken a lead in family planning through paying equal attention towards maternal health and efficient implementation of birth spacing. Speakers said here Thursday in a seminar on Dissemination of Costed Implementation Plan on Family Planning.

Why IUD Access in India Falls Short

Reliable, long-acting birth control could save women's lives in India. So why aren't they using it?

With the incentive structures in place for better or worse, women's rights NGOs are working hard to make sure women are given a range of choices and not pushed toward sterilizations. The nonprofit Pathfinder, for example, specifically trains family-planning counselors in what they call a "rights-based" framework, giving women as much information as possible and letting clients guide the process of choosing the right form of contraception for themselves. Other NGOs that focus on women's rights use similar models.

Quartiers non-lotis: L’accès à la planification familiale requiert toute une stratégie

Le PROBLÈME d’accès aux services de santé de la reproduction et de la planification familiale est réel dans les zones non-loties de Ouagadougou, où s’exprime au quotidien la précarité.Cependant, des associations comme SOS JEUNESSE et défi (SOS/JD) adoptent des projets innovants permettant de répondre un tant soit peu aux besoins non satisfaits de cette catégorie de la population.

Pathfinder and E2A Events Postponed at ICFP

Due to the postponement of the International Conference on Family Planning, the following planned Pathfinder and E2A side events have also been postponed.
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