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International conference stresses youth's reproductive health rights

Youths are deprived of information and services related to sexual or reproductive health. These issues are considered taboo due to social, cultural or religious norms in the developing and middle-income countries, speakers discussed on the third day of the International Conference on Family Planning, held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre in Indonesia.

"This is our way of calling on the national governments, civil society, and local communities to ensure that long-acting reversible contraceptives are available and accessible to sexually active adolescents and youths, without barriers or bias,” said Dr. Purnima Mane, CEO of Pathfinder International.

Abortion Checklist Promises Safer Procedures

This new toolkit speeds up healthcare decisions to help women get earlier, safer abortions. Already tested in Ethiopia, India, and South Africa, it includes risk checklist and urine pregnancy test.

“Working with sensitised community health workers can encourage women [to assess] their options and rights regarding unwanted pregnancy,” Ellen Israel says. “This checklist is just one example of the many steps needed to expand health worker roles to increase access to safe abortion care.”

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Focus Area: Abortion

Give Youth a Right to Contraceptives

More than 40 leading global health and development organisations attending an international conference on family planning in Bali, Indonesia, have endorsed a statement that calls for the expansion of contraceptive choice for young people to include long acting reversible contraceptives.

Barriers to "Morning After" Pill

The ‘morning after’ pill is effective up to five days after unprotected sex. Often confused with medical abortion pills, the pill's high price puts it out of reach for most women.

“Lack of awareness, bias of service providers, lack of requisitioning, no proper study done regarding its uptake” are further major barriers to ECP use, Tauseef Ahmed, country representative of Pathfinder International, a family planning and reproductive health NGO, tells SciDev.Net. 

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.

The Road To 2030: Keeping Reproductive Health Supplies in Myanmar’s Universal Health Coverage Scheme

Preparations for universal health coverage are progressing steadily in Myanmar. Reproductive health supplies, including contraceptives, are already a priority for the government.

Fin à Cotonou des travaux de la 4ème réunion annuelle du Partenariat de Ouagadougou

Les Délégués des neuf pays du Partenariat de Ouagadougou, les représentants de la société civile, les partenaires techniques et financiers réunis du 9 au 11 Décembre 2015 à Cotonou au Bénin dans le cadre de la 4ème réunion annuelle, ont clôturé leurs travaux, vendredi dernier avec beaucoup d'espoirs et de détermination à accélérer la PF en 2016-2020.

Dr Sani Aliou de Pathfinder Afrique de l'ouest: «Je suis confiant que même si le Niger n'atteint pas les 25%, il va se rapprocher certainement.»

Committee commends zonal health performance

The Technical Advisory Committee commended IFHP's positive results gained at visited health posts, centers and households in South Gondar Zone, Amhara State, in terms of maternal care, child health, adolescent and youth reproductive health and family planning.

Sindh Leads in Family Planning

Sindh has taken a lead in family planning through paying equal attention towards maternal health and efficient implementation of birth spacing. Speakers said here Thursday in a seminar on Dissemination of Costed Implementation Plan on Family Planning.

Why IUD Access in India Falls Short

Reliable, long-acting birth control could save women's lives in India. So why aren't they using it?

With the incentive structures in place for better or worse, women's rights NGOs are working hard to make sure women are given a range of choices and not pushed toward sterilizations. The nonprofit Pathfinder, for example, specifically trains family-planning counselors in what they call a "rights-based" framework, giving women as much information as possible and letting clients guide the process of choosing the right form of contraception for themselves. Other NGOs that focus on women's rights use similar models.

Quartiers non-lotis: L’accès à la planification familiale requiert toute une stratégie

Le PROBLÈME d’accès aux services de santé de la reproduction et de la planification familiale est réel dans les zones non-loties de Ouagadougou, où s’exprime au quotidien la précarité.Cependant, des associations comme SOS JEUNESSE et défi (SOS/JD) adoptent des projets innovants permettant de répondre un tant soit peu aux besoins non satisfaits de cette catégorie de la population.

Rape and Justice: Several laws address rape and domestic violence, but their enforcement is shaky

Several laws and policies address gender violence in Mozambique, including a 2009 law on domestic violence and a new penal code that came into force in June. Yet many problems remain.

One night in April 2013, Luisa, a 46-year-old woman living in a small town in Mozambique, was on her way home when two men dragged her into an abandoned hut and raped her. “I wanted to die, but I told myself I must survive for my daughters,” said Luisa.

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Country: Mozambique
Focus Area: Gender

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.

Haiti's High-Tech Revolution: From the city to the mountain, one tablet bridges two worlds

A bright, sterile technology factory; a rural community nestled in the mountains. White uniforms, electrical wiring and quickly working fingers; rocky soil, wispy clouds and familiar faces. Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince and Robin, a small mountaintop community outside Fermathe, in the department of Ouest, are only about an hour’s drive apart. But in many ways, the two seem to exist in different worlds.
Type: Pathfinder in the News
Country: Haiti

Despite the odds, one doctor promotes family planning in Muslim Nigeria

For 10 years, Dr. Farouk Mohammed Jega has been championing evidence-based arguments to try to persuade clerics that Islam supports family planning methods, contrary to the views of many clerics in Nigeria.

Fit contraception to local needs, health workers urged

Giving women the option of using contraception tailored to their individual circumstances is vital to increasing birth control in developing countries, an event heard last week.

Conférence débat sur la problématique des grossesses non désirées chez les adolescents et jeunes en RD Congo

A l’occasion de la journée internationale pour la dépénalisation de l’avortement célébré chaque 28 septembre, le Programme National de Santé de l’Adolescent en collaboration avec Pathfinder, a organisé le jeudi 01 octobre dernier dans la salle de paroisse « sacré cœur » de Gombe, à Kinshasa, une journée de réflexion sur les grossesses non désirés chez les adolescents et les jeunes en RDC.

Meeting Contraceptive Needs: Long-Term Associations Of the PRACHAR Project with Married Women’s Awareness and Behavior in Bihar

This article presents findings from an evaluation that sought to shed light on whether the improvements in contraceptive awareness and use observed following the implementation of the PRACHAR project were still evident four to eight years after its completion. Specifically, we examined whether women who were building families in areas where the PRACHAR project had been implemented—many of whom had not been directly exposed to the intervention—reported different contraceptive experiences than did those in comparison areas where the program had not been implemented.

Anahí de Cárdenas presentará la campaña “Si tomaste una decisión, cuídate”

The actress and model, Anahí de Cárdenas, officially presents the campaign "Si tomaste una decisión, cuídate" to raise awareness among women of childbearing age on methods of contraception.

Reproductive Health In The Hills of Haiti

The name Haiti comes from the indigenous Taíno language meaning, “land of high mountains.” While beautiful, these mountains can make access to basic health care difficult for the more than 40% of Haitians who live in rural areas.
Type: Pathfinder in the News
Country: Haiti
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