The latest in global sexual and reproductive health news

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Pathfinder Looks to Mobile Technology to Improve Vietnam’s Continuing Medical Education

Vietnam mCME story
With funding from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, Pathfinder has begun a new project to test the effectiveness of a mobile phone-based continuing medical education strategy among Vietnamese community-based physician assistants.
Type: Press Release
Country: Viet Nam
Focus Area: Systems Strengthening

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.

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

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.

Community Empowerment in Mozambique through Integrated Systems Strengthening

A new blog from PSI highlights Pathfinder's Integrated Systems Strengthening Approach as used in our Strengthening Communities through Integrated Programming in Mozambique.

One of the most important indicators of SCIP’s progress to date therefore is the steady increase in couple years of protection (CYP) over the life of the project, from 31,131 in the first year to 71,750 at the end of year three. In fact, year three data underestimate CYP because they do not include implants, which were introduced in May 2012.

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.

How Health Impact Metrics Contribute to Global Health Program Decisions

PSI highlights a recent special supplement in the journal BMC Public Health sponsored and published by PSI, Pathfinder International, MSI, and UCSF, called, "Use of Health Impact Metrics for Programmatic Decision Making in Global Health."

Patricia H David, Director of Research and Metrics at Pathfinder International, explains, "The supplement was stimulated by the growing interest in finding a set of common metrics that can be used at both the programmatic and global level for making decisions and setting priorities for action. As more organizations look to adopt such metrics, there is an increasing need for a published evidence base that can be used to inform and align measurement."

What do Mobile Money and mHealth Offer Each Other?

This blog examines what mobile money and mHealth initiatives can offer each other, citing Pathfinder International's work with mobile payments to community health workers in Tanzania as an example.

Mobile money may also help enable project scale up. Pathfinder transferred $1.8 million to community health workers by mobile payments over 18 months, making it one of the top mobile payment customers in Tanzania. Mobile payments enabled Pathfinder to scale up to 200 trainings within three months, which helped them better perform their project goals.

Pathfinder by the Numbers in 2012: Over 5.6 Million Visits for Contraceptive Services, Nearly 3 Million Visits for Antenatal and Postpartum Care

At Pathfinder International, data is a critical component of our work. Throughout the year, our team tracks the progress of our programs using a set of global indicators. We're pleased to share some of the highlights of the report below.

Empowering Community Health Workers in Bihar: Mobile Academy and Mobile Kunji

In partnership with Mobile Kunji and Mobile Academy, Pathfinder is rolling out a training program for thousands of community health workers who will increase the demand and practice of priority maternal and neonatal health behaviors in Bihar, India.

As part of the Ananya programme, BBC Media Action is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reduce maternal and infant mortality by 40% in Bihar, India by 2015.

Linking Conservation And Development To Save Africa’s Largest Lake

In Western Tanzania, Pathfinder and the Nature Conservancy have teamed up to tackle issues in health and environment simultaneously with a project that recognizes the unique relationship of a population and their ecosystem.

This year, the Nature Conservancy is working with Pathfinder International in Western Tanzania to prove that protecting the health of individuals and their natural resources (food, water, soil) will improve their livelihoods significantly as opposed to only treating one issue.

Pathfinder Chosen by USAID to Lead New Bangladesh NGO Health Service Delivery Project

Pathfinder is thrilled to announce we have been chosen to lead a new Bangladesh NGO Health Service Delivery Project. The project will support delivery of essential health care services through a network of NGO clinics in Bangladesh.
Type: Press Release
Country: Bangladesh
Focus Area: Systems Strengthening

Pathfinder Organizes Workshop on Policies for Ethnic Minority Students in Medical Education in Viet Nam

Pathfinder Organizes Workshop on Preferential Policies for Ethnic Minority Students in Medical Education in Viet Nam
On July 17th, 2012 Pathfinder collaborated with the Parliamentary Committee for Social Affairs to organize a workshop to review existing policies for ethnic minority students in medical education.
Type: Press Release
Country: Viet Nam
Focus Area: Systems Strengthening

Sex Workers Assert Their Rights in Pune

Female sex workers in Budhwar Pethare are asserting their civic rights and negotiating with police and civic officials to change their situation, backed by Pathfinder International.

“With our help, the women decided to get together and address their issues collectively. Hence, we held elections in June 2011 and a core committee of 12 FSWs got elected. The task before them was not just related to their business like ensuring no minors in brothels or propagating condom usage but taking up issues beyond their profession," said Dr Khursid Bhalla from Pathfinder International.

Global activists against child marriage garner support in S.Asia

In order to curb high-rates of early marriage, charities like Pathfinder International are supporting "Girls Not Brides" movement.

Representatives from charities in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka gathered in New Delhi last week at the regional launch of the "Girls Not Brides" alliance created by Tutu, 80, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for speaking out against white minority rule in South Africa.

Ethiopia Gets On the Pill, and That Matters for Africa

The success in the growth of contraceptive use in Ethiopia is an important story to be told and indicates the importance of government ownership in improving reproductive health.
"Government ownership is critical [for improving reproductive health]," says Dan Pellegrom, President of Pathfinder International, which has worked in the country since 1964." And Ethiopia's government took ownership." That ownership took the form of renewed commitment to women and girls, and creative collaborations with aid agencies to make long-acting contraceptive methods in particular more available. (Injectable contraceptives are by far the most popular method countrywide).

New Population, Health, and Environment Program for Lake Victoria

Pathfinder International's New Program to aid Uganda and Kenya in the Lake Victoria Basin was announced on Monday at The International Conference for Family Planning in Senegal.

"This new project is a welcome development for many reasons," said ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko. "It brings the integrated PHE approach to one of the world's greatest lakes, it enables respected health NGO Pathfinder to pursue PHE efforts, and marks the return of a leading private donor, the MacArthur Foundation, to a group of foundations willing to support this innovative approach."

Transforming the Health of Communities and Their Environments

Pathfinder announces a groundbreaking award for an integrated, community-managed population, health and environment project in the Lake Victoria Basin of Uganda and Kenya.

Malária pode ser erradicada do país dentro de dez anos (Portuguese)

Nilton Saraiva explicou que todo o país é endémico, embora as regiões do norte sejam as mais vulneráveis. "A Pathfinder International é um parceiro que tem levado a assistência e os nossos serviços às comunidades, sobretudo às mulheres grávidas. É dos parceiros mais importantes que temos", disse.

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