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Vote for Pathfinder During the Month of November!

Pathfinder is on the ballot to receive funding this month from CREDO, America’s only progressive phone company. And we need your help to vote for us—the more votes we get, the more money we’ll receive from CREDO.

VIDEO: 'Solar Suitcase' Helps Women Give Birth In Africa, Treats Medical Emergencies In The Dark

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In rural parts of Uganda, medical centers and makeshift hospitals are often left in the dark at night, making it difficult and even dangerous to treat medical emergencies or deliver babies at night. The “solar suitcase” is changing that.

Pathfinder Praised for Boost in Institutional Deliveries in Ethiopia

The Integrated Family Health Program received praise from Ethiopia’s Technical Advisory Committee, entrusted with reviewing the performance of the program, on the increase in institutional deliveries within the program areas.

Some thoughts on disrespect and abuse in childbirth in response to FIGO’s Mother–Baby Friendly Birthing Facilities Initiative

Women everywhere deserve respectful, affordable, quality maternal care. The guidelines for mother–baby friendly birthing facilities recently developed are an important contribution to that end. Like FIGO, Pathfinder International has observed that facility delivery/skilled birth attendance does not guarantee quality of care or a reduction in maternal morbidity and mortality.

Nigeria Antenatal Care Study Published by PLOS ONE

Pathfinder's Assessment of the Quality of Antenatal Care Services Provided by Health Workers Using a Mobile Phone Decision Support Application in Northern Nigeria Study was published in the PLOS ONE journal.
Type: Press Release
Country: Nigeria
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

Chevron Donates Ambulance to Bibiyana Clinic

Chevron Bangladesh President Kevin Lyon handed over an ambulance for two Smiling Sun clinics, established by Chevron to serve the communities near its Bibiyana gas field. Implemented by international NGO Pathfinder International, the clinics are under the nationwide USAID-sponsored Smiling Sun Franchise Program.

Lessons Learned from Pathfinder on Mobile Money Payments for CHWs

In a recent interview, Pathfinder’s Marion McNabb shared key lessons learned related to developing and implementing mobile money applications to pay community health workers.

Pathfinder International pays thousands of CHWs via mobile money for stipends and training costs in Tanzania, Kenya and more recently Haiti and Mozambique.

Life in the Clouds: Boosting Haitian Health Care Through Technology

A health worker brings higher quality services to her patients and better data access to medical staff through a device in the palm of her hand.

"Not everyone has the money for health care, but these people know that now there is someone looking after them and it gives comfort,” says Orvillus. “Plus, I’m so pleased to have this [the handheld device] because it improves the quality of the services I can bring.”

Programme Rekindling Dreams of Having a Healthy Child

Pathfinder's Integrated Family Health Program has managed to save the lives of mothers and newborns in the Woreda region of Ethiopia.

She enjoys a rapture of delight for becoming part of the achievement made by the government and USAID’s Integrated Family Health Programme, in what she described as a programme that helps the community rekindle its dream of having a healthy child.

Pathfinder Supports WHO's Statement on Prevention and Elimination of Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth

Pathfinder joins more than 25 organizations in showing support for the World Health Organization's statement on prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth.

Every woman has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, including the right to dignified, respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth. However, across the world many women experience disrespectful, abusive, or neglectful treatment during childbirth in facilities. These practices can violate women’s rights, deter women from seeking and using maternal health care services and can have implications for their health and well-being.

Photo Journal: There’s an app for that

Kenya’s mobile incentive program improves the health of mothers and children, while offering secure and reliable payment to frontline health workers.

Supported by the US Agency for International Development through Pathfinder International’s APHIAplus Nairobi-Coast program, the mHMtaani project (Swahili for “mobile health for my community”) enables community health workers like Elizabeth to register clients, provide health services, and record data directly via a mobile phone.

Call for Expression of Interest in Reproductive, Maternal, and Neonatal Health Innovation Fund Grants

Ethiopia's Federal Ministry of Health has initiated the Reproductive, Maternal, and Neonatal Health Innovation Fund (RIF). The Fund will finance innovative projects that address demand-side barriers in reproductive, maternal, and neonatal health. Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest to the Federal Ministry of Healthwill be September 15, 2014.

Saving Pregnant Mothers: Red Flag Approach

Pathfinder's Surjer Hashi Clinic (Smiling Sun) has unified Bangladesh's Teknaf community towards one goal: save pregnant mother. Among the many innovations introduced by clinic, one has been the demarcation of houses occupied by pregnant mothers with red flags - enabling neighbors to come together and help that particular family when required.

"As Mariam Bibi, near 30 with two children said in her own words, 'When I was pregnant the second time, my husband, a small trader was unable to take proper care for me. Moreover, our house is so far from upazila health complex, regular check-ups were not possible. In the mean time Surjer Hashi Clinic came forward to help me prevent health problems associated with pregnancy. They hung a red flag atop my house so that everybody could see and understand the need to help pregnant mothers like me.'"

New Video from CSIS Examines Impact of Family Planning in Ethiopia

See Ethiopians—rural women, an Orthodox Priest, the First Lady of Ethiopia, and more—share why they believe family planning is key to their country’s development.

“Women build the society. They build a nation. And investing in family planning is investing in the future.”-Dr. Tewodros Bekele, Director of Maternal, Child Health & Nutrition Programs, Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health

Delivering Quality Maternal Health Services in Rural India, the Role of the Private Sector

World Health Partners and Pathfinder International are partnering, using a social franchising approach, to leverage rural human resources in order to extend maternal health coverage.

Dr. Mengistu Asnake Elected President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations

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On May 18, 2014, Dr. Mengistu Asnake, Pathfinder International’s Country Representative in Ethiopia and Chief of Party for the Integrated Family Health Program, was elected President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

Initiative Launched to Bring Down Maternal Mortality Rate in India

MSD for Mothers launched a new initiative to reduce maternal mortality rates in India this week, naming Pathfinder International as one of three nonprofit partners that will implement project activities.
Notwithstanding India's "rapid" economic growth, higher infant and maternal mortality rates are "robbing" Indian women and girls of their chances to make a contribution, National Commission for Women chief Mamata Sharma said today.

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.
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