"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."
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Pathfinder International called for more efforts to transform gender norms to enable women and girls enjoy sexual reproductive health and rights; “how does a women facing gender based violence negotiate condom use? How can she freely access health care if she needs her husband’s permission to leave the house?” queried Pathfinder International Country Director Mustafa Kudrati.
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Twenty-four villages are now participating in the Tuungane Project (Kiswahili for “Let’s Unite), a partnership between TNC and Pathfinder International that holistically address reproductive health, the environment and livelihood needs of these communities in this region.
Pathfinder International pays thousands of CHWs via mobile money for stipends and training costs in Tanzania, Kenya and more recently Haiti and Mozambique.
What if you learned about an investment opportunity with an annual return of 120 times your initial contribution? What if this investment not only yielded benefits to you, but created long-standing social and economic benefits for families, communities and countries around the world? It might be hard to imagine, but this opportunity exists: it’s an investment in reproductive health for women and girls.