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Media role critical in curbing population boom

Media can play an effective role by creating awareness among a large segment of society to keep the population under control in order to better utilise diminishing natural resources.

Media should create awareness among masses by sharing positive stories and articles in support of birth spacing, said [Tauseef Ahmed]. During the workshop, officials of the Pathfinder International shared the concept of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies with the journalists and how media could help in advocating this through articles and stories. 

Moot on media role in health

Country Representative of Pathfinder International Dr Tauseef Ahmed has said that allocation of resources for civic enmities and provision of livelihood would be a huge challenge for all the provinces if current growth rate remained unchecked.

Dr Tauseef Ahmed urged media to give positive stories and articles in support of birth spacing. 

Media can shape general public opinion, moot told

Pathfinder International organised a two-day workshop for media personnel in Karachi to highlight role of media in addressing population and reproductive health challenges. The workshop highlighted the role of media in addressing issues, challenges and identifying opportunities related to population and health.

Dr Tauseef Ahmed, Country Representative of Pathfinder International said if the current growth rate remained un-checked, it would become a huge challenge for each of the province to allocate resources for civic enmities to people and to ensure livelihood for all.

Family planning facing bottlenecks due to lack of knowledge, moot told

The provision of family planning in Pakistan is hindered by many factors ranging from lack of knowledge to poverty, religious barriers, poor access and commodities, traditional beliefs, misconceptions, lack of male involvement, poor coordination of health programmes.

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."

Haryana becomes 1st to launch injectable contraceptive

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the 'Project Salamati' which is being implemented by state health department with the assistance of Pathfinder International, is initially being implemented in nine health blocks of four districts of the state.

Expanding Access to the Intrauterine Device in Public Health Facilities in Ethiopia: A Mixed-Methods Study

Following the introduction of IUDs into the Ethiopian public health sector, use of the method increased from <1% in 2011 to 6% in 2014 in a sample of 40 health facilities. This shift occurred in the context of wide method choice, following provider training, provision of post-training supplies, and community-based awareness creation. The IUD was acceptable to a diverse range of clients, including new contraceptive users, those with little to no education, those from rural areas, and younger women, thus suggesting a strong latent demand for IUDs in Ethiopia.

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.

Vodafone Launches Toll-Free Lines for Ambulance Taxi

UK-based telecom giant Vodafone Group announced yesterday the launch of a pioneering new toll-free emergency line for ambulance taxi service in Tanzania.

Pioneering new ‘ambulance taxi’ service could help save at least 2,700 lives of pregnant mothers and babies in rural Tanzania each year

The first-of-its-kind service launched in districts in Tanzania where maternal and infant mortality rates believed to be among highest in the world.

The 'Uber for emergencies' saving pregnant women’s lives in Africa

The "ambulance taxi" initiative is the latest from the Vodafone Foundation, which is using mobile technology to help improve access to healthcare, education and disaster relief in developing countries.

Tanzania: Sh24 Billion Project Aims to Boost Growth in Rangelands

People living across Tanzania's northern rangelands will benefit from a $12 million project aimed at improving livelihood, ecosystems, governance, and economic growth across.

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.”

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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. 

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.

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.

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.»

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