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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."

Tanzania Rejects Key Recommendations to Human Rights Council

Tanzania has rejected 72 recommendations including to duly safeguard the freedom of speech and the right to information as advised by Portugal via the Human Rights Council's Working Group on Universal Periodic Review (UPC).

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.

The Single-Visit Approach as a Cervical Cancer Prevention Strategy Among Women With HIV in Ethiopia: Successes and Lessons Learned

Cervical cancer is the second most common form of cancer for women in Ethiopia. Using a single-visit approach to prevent cervical cancer, the Addis Tesfa project tested women with HIV through visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid wash and, if tests results were positive, offered immediate cryotherapy of the precancerous lesion or referral for loop electrosurgical excision procedure. The objective of this article is to review screening and treatment outcomes over nearly 4 years of project implementation and to identify lessons learned to improve cervical cancer prevention programs in Ethiopia and other resource-constrained settings.

Fishing and family planning – how the two are linked

Sometimes, delivering mixed messages is a good thing, as an integrated project in the Lake Tanganyika region has proved.

Climate Change, Health, and Population Dynamics: A View from Tanzania

As people around the world celebrate the remarkable Paris Agreement to address climate change, there’s a genuine opportunity for countries to act on their financial pledges to help the world adapt to climate change – especially people in developing countries who are most vulnerable.

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.

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.

Planning for Life on World Contraception Day in Niger

Thousands gathered in Niger’s Kantche District in Zinder this week to celebrate the power of family planning as part of the country’s World Contraception Day ceremony.

U.S. Government Officially Recognizes Sexual Rights

In a landmark action this week, the United States government publicly acknowledged that it will begin using the term "sexual rights" in discussions of human rights and global development.

The SDGs Are All About Integration: Good Thing PHE Programs Have Been Doing That for Years

Pathfinder's Cara Honzak and Cheryl Margoluis show how strong PHE is as a reference point for thinking about how to achieve the SDGs.

Pathfinder International Stands with Planned Parenthood

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Pathfinder International stands with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and more than 300 organizations that agree that women’s health should not be held hostage to politics.

mHealth Compendum Volume 5 features Pathfinder's mhealth projects

Pathfinder's mhealth projects in Nigeria and Tanzania are highlighted in the latest volume of the mHealth Compendum.

Former UNFPA Executive Director, African NGO, Win 2015 UN Population Award

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, a former Executive Director of UNFPA and a current Pathfinder board member, has won the 2015 United Nations Population Award.

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.

A Good Investment on International Women's Day

Purnima Mane joins Jeni Klugman, Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Women in Public Policy Program Fellow, to share the economic benefits of investing in women's reproductive health.

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.

Chinese Delegation’s Visit to the US Signals Final Handover of Project

Chinese delegation visit
A delegation of five senior Chinese government officials arrived in San Francisco, California on January 22, 2015 for a five-day visit, part of the Pathfinder International Changzhou Migrant Workers' Health and Wellness Project.

Federal Anti-Prostitution Pledge Violates Speech Rights of Public Health Groups

Federal court decision rejects the federal government’s attempts to narrow the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision striking down as unconstitutional an Anti-Prostitution Pledge in the context of a U.S. government’s global program to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Pathfinder Stands by Health Care Needs of Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam

Vietnam workshop
Pathfinder, in collaboration with Vietnam’s Committee for Ethnic and Minority Affairs and the Health Strategy & Policy Institutes of Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, disseminated the results of an assessment on the health care services for ethnic minorities of small population in Vietnam.

Pathfinder Co-Sponsors Politico Ad on Helms Amendment

Pathfinder joins several peer organizations in the call to President Obama to provide access to abortion in cases of rape, incest, and life endangerment.

Pathfinder featured in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Pathfinder's Cue Cards for Counseling Adults on Contraception is featured in the November 2014 issue of BJOG.
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