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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.

Mothers Against Malnutrition

In Burundi, most of the population is affected by acute food insecurity, climate hazards and limited access to land. Pathfinder is one organization working to address the resulting malnutrition.

In recognition of the crucial role of mothers in reducing Burundi's shocking malnutrition rates, Pathfinder International has launched the Mamans Lumières programme in June 2011, to empower mothers to improve the health of their children.

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.

One Step to Saving a Million Lives

Pathfinder's m4Change project contributes to the government of Nigeria's goal to save one million lives in three years using a mobile phone application.

Pathfinder International embarked on a project designed to help Nigeria get to that goal. It began equipping community health extension workers with CommCare, a mobile phone app that collects information needed to determine the kind of antenatal health services provided to mothers.

Pathfinder International and UNFPA Renew Collaborative Commitment to Advance Family Planning, Gender Equality

Today, leaders from Pathfinder International and UNFPA signed a memorandum renewing the organizations’ collaborative commitment to advance family planning and gender equality worldwide.

Giving to #mHealth on #GivingTuesday

Looking for a way to give back on #GivingTuesday? The mHealth Alliance lists nine different organizations, including Pathfinder International, that you can support to advance mhealth in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

If you especially care about supporting organizations that are helping to advance mHealth, consider using the power of your generosity on #GivingTuesday to support one or more of the fantastic organizations that the mHealth Alliance has funded through our Innovation Working Group catalytic grants program. The programs we support through the IWG grants aim to improve maternal, newborn and child health through the use of mobile technology.

Pathfinder Partner Dr. Laura Stachel Nominated as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of the Year

Pathfinder is delighted to share that a friend of our maternal health work, Dr. Laura Stachel, has been nominated as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of the Year.

Pathfinder Chosen by USAID to Lead New Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haiti Central and South Project

Haiti announcement
Pathfinder International is pleased to announce that we have been chosen by USAID to lead a new five-year, $56.7 million project in Haiti – Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haiti (SSQH) Central and South.

Pathfinder Announces New Partnership Supporting Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health in India

Pathfinder International is delighted to announce a new partnership with the state government in Haryana, India. The intervention will help strengthen key components of the Reproductive Maternal Neonatal Child Health + Adolescents program.

Pathfinder Awarded New Grant to Improve Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health through Mobile Health Services

mHealth Nigeria
Pathfinder International is delighted to announce that we have been chosen as one of several winners of a new grant from mHealth Alliance and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

The Surge to Ensure Healthy Community

In Ethiopia, organizations like Pathfinder International are helping to reduce national maternal mortality and morbidity rates by improving access to family planning and maternal health care.

Dr. Mengistu Asnake, IFHP Head and Pathfinder Country Director, said the program supports the Ethiopian Public Health System on Reproductive Health, particularly on Family Planning and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. He said significant achievements are registered in IFHP project implementation regions. Commendable successes have been registered in intensifying efforts to prevent causes of maternal morbidity and mortality by improving access to family planning and maternal health care.

Ethiopian Ministry of Health to Subsidize Chemotherapy Drugs, Expand Cervical Cancer Prevention Efforts

This week, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health announced a nationwide expansion of cervical cancer prevention efforts. The ministry is working with Pathfinder International to expand diagnostics early screening services from just 25 hospitals to 118 total.

Pathfinder International Country Representative Dr. Mengistu Asnake said Pathfinder is supporting prevention of cervical cancer program primarily to stop the development of the disease to a serious stage. Accordingly, it is providing training, technical and material support for service providers.

A Low-Cost, Life-Saving Intervention

In India, Pathfinder International trains health providers on the use of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, a low-cost and innovative device used to treat postpartum hemorrhage and save mothers' lives.

Last year, the WHO, in its latest recommendation on managing postpartum hemorrhage, endorsed the use of non-pneumatic anti-shock garments (NASGs) ‘as a temporising measure till appropriate care is available’ and suggested that national guidelines be reviewed to include NASGs as a low-tech first aid for postpartum hemorrhage.

First Report Highlighting NASG Use Outside of Clinical Trials Published by Pathfinder International and the University of California San Francisco

NASG Demo
Pathfinder International is thrilled to announce the publication of the paper "Comorbidities and Lack of Blood Transfusion May Negatively Affect Maternal Outcomes of Women with Obstetric Hemorrhage Treated with NASG" in the PLOS ONE Open Access journal.

Financial Inclusion Through Aid Disbursement

Pathfinder International recently received a Visa Innovation Grant from Visa and NetHope to modernize its community health worker payroll system in Kenya. The system will be paired with electronic employee activity tracking, aiding access to field data.

Each year billions of dollars in cash payments are distributed by development organizations to individuals in need. Across sectors including agriculture, health, and emergency relief, cash payments are dispersed with the intent of imparting a lasting impact on their recipients. As we’ve discussed in this space previously, dealing with cash instead of electronic payments brings risks and inefficiencies to the parties involved, both development organizations and their payments recipients, too, who are likely to have a lot at stake.

Purnima Mane Discusses Sexual and Reproductive Health on To the Contrary

In late May, Pathfinder joined thousands of advocates of women and girls from around the world at Women Deliver. The conference is the topic of this documentary from the PBS's To the Contrary, which features an interview with Purnima Mane.

Melinda Gates, Barbara Bush, Mandy Moore, and other global health leaders on efforts to save the lives of women and girls by increasing access to maternal and child healthcare. Executive producer Cari Stein reports in this special documentary from Malaysia and the Women Deliver Conference.

UNFPA Explores Collaborative Partnership with Pathfinder International in the Area of Youth Programming

Senior management from UNFPA and Pathfinder International recently held high level talks on how similar programs implemented by the two organizations can be jointly enhanced to increase impact on Kenyans.

Under the maternal and newborn health program, Pathfinder is focused on improving Kenya's health status by supporting government health entities and communities to integrate and strengthen HIV, family planning and maternal and child health services.

Pathfinder International Selected as Visa Innovation Grant Recipient

Pathfinder is proud to announce it is one of five recipients of a Visa Innovation Grant. Visa Inc. in partnership with NetHope announced grants that are helping modernize the disbursement of funds in the fields of agriculture, health and emergency relief.

The Dukuza Clinic: Providing Care for Young Mothers in South Africa

Paige Claassen shares photos and stories from her visit to Dukuza, a youth-friendly, Pathfinder-supported clinic that serves young mothers in South Africa.

Here, a staff of only three nurses deliver babies, provide AIDS testing and counseling, educate patients about family planning, and care for TB, diabetic, epileptic, and trauma patients, among a long list of other tasks. Dukuza serves between 100 and 200 patients each day, and with the current AIDS epidemic, pressure on the clinic to serve more patients grows.

From Surfing to Saving Women’s Lives

Innovations to improve global health can come from unexpected places, like the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, which Pathfinder International uses in conjunction with our continuum of care approach to save mother's lives in places like Nigeria and India.

Nearly all maternal deaths occur in the developing world and, tragically, almost all are preventable. Many occur in areas with limited infrastructure: unreliable electricity, too few doctors and midwives, and inadequate equipment and supplies. Therefore, an easy-to-use, affordable technology to manage postpartum hemorrhage could save thousands of women’s lives each year.

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