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Mulheres em idade fértil desconhecem métodos contraceptivos

A recent study in Mozambique found that of 1,432 women surveyed, 66% had never used any contraception.

The current state of play of research on the social, political and legal dimensions of HIV

State of play HIV
This paper offers a critical overview of social science research presented at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Programa Geração Biz, Mozambique: how did this adolescent health initiative grow from a pilot to a national programme, and what did it achieve?

MZ Case Study
Rita Badiani joins a team of experts in conducting a systematic review of the literature to gather information on Pathfinder's Geração Biz.

Positive strides in tackling maternal, newborn mortality

Degefech
Degefech Ayele is a Health Extension Workers at Walana Health Post in Kacha Bira Woreda, Kembata Tembaro Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State. She and her fellow workers provide family planning, vaccination for children under five and other healthcare services for the environs.

UNICEF releases lessons on strengthening health services and outcomes for adolescents living with HIV

UNICEF lessons learned
UNICEF's new publication titled "Field Lessons: Strengthening Health Services and Outcomes for Adolescents Living with HIV" includes input from Pathfinder's Gwyn Hainsworth and Rita Badiani.

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.

Life in the Clouds: Boosting Haitian Health Care Through Technology

A health worker brings higher quality services to her patients and better data access to medical staff through a device in the palm of her hand.

"Not everyone has the money for health care, but these people know that now there is someone looking after them and it gives comfort,” says Orvillus. “Plus, I’m so pleased to have this [the handheld device] because it improves the quality of the services I can bring.”

Mozambique: Study Shows Dismally Low Rate of Contraceptive Use

Pathfinder's mCenas program seen as ray of hope in addressing Mozambique's low rate of contraceptive use.

Programme rekindling dreams of having a healthy child

Pathfinder's Integrated Family Health Program has managed to save the lives of mothers and newborns in the Woreda region of Ethiopia.

She enjoys a rapture of delight for becoming part of the achievement made by the government and USAID’s Integrated Family Health Programme, in what she described as a programme that helps the community rekindle its dream of having a healthy child.

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.

A Striking Defeat for U.S. Government’s Anti-Prostitution Pledge

On January 30, a federal court made an unqualified declaration: when it comes to the work of American public health groups, the First Amendment doesn’t stop at the U.S. border.

This is just the latest win in a decade-long legal challenge to a provision known as the anti-prostitution pledge, part of the U.S. government’s HIV and AIDS program. Along with our co-plaintiffs, InterAction and Pathfinder International, we have challenged this pledge, which mandates that organizations receiving money from the U.S. government have a policy in place opposing prostitution.

WHO releases new adolescent health publication for primary care providers

WHO pub
The World Health Organization's new publication titled "Core competencies in adolescent health and development for primary care providers" includes technical input from Pathfinder's Gwyn Hainsworth.

The Key to Youth-Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

While a complex set of factors contribute to sexual and reproductive health problems among adolescents, these problems are exacerbated by the lack of youth-friendly health services and accurate information on safe sex and contraceptive use, says the International Women's Health Coalition.

One well-documented initiative is Mozambique’s “Geracao Biz” (“Busy Generation”) program, which included refurbishing adolescent-only clinics, developing training materials for workers, and recruiting peer activists to welcome and educate clients in the waiting room.

Mozambique legalises abortion to stem maternal deaths

President Armando Guebuza on Thursday quietly signed into law a revised penal code bill that eases prohibitions in abortion regulations, a move hailed by health groups.

The move is a victory for women, because it's not so "restrictive" anymore, said Ivone Zilhao a Maputo-based sexual and reproductive health doctor with Pathfinder

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

Groups push Obama to clarify U.S. abortion funding for wartime rape

Nearly two dozen health, advocacy and faith groups are calling on President Barack Obama to take executive action clarifying that U.S. assistance can be used to fund abortion services for women and girls raped in the context of war and conflict.
Type: Pathfinder in the News
Focus Area: Advocacy

Five digital payment innovations with the potential to transform development

Visa and NetHope grant recipients illustrate the power of digital payments.

With Pathfinder International’s mHMtaani project (Swahili for “mobile health for my community”), community health workers in Kenya’s coastal region use a mobile phone application to register clients, provide health services and upload data to the cloud so program managers can monitor and analyze patient care and outcomes. 

Death-dealing double standard of US policies toward women overseas

Ipas's Liz Maguire and Pathfinder's President + CEO Purnima Mane stand up for women's health overseas in an op-ed against the Helms Amendment.

For over 40 years, the Helms Amendment has been applied as a complete ban on abortion care in U.S.-funded global health programs -- with no exceptions.

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Focus Area: Abortion

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.

Burundi: Using contraceptives to battle population growth

Burundi is showing great progress in achieving the ambitious worldwide goal of FP2020: 120 million more women and girls with access to contraceptives and information about family planning.

Since Pathfinder started working in Burundi in 2007, the contraceptive prevalence rate rose in Kayanza from 7% to nearly 30% in 2013 while in Muyinga province it went from 12% in 2007 to 35% in 2013.

Le Niger a fait d’importants progrès en matière de planification familiale, selon un Rapport de Family Planning 2020

Niger cites progress in family planning according to recent Family Planning 2020 report.

Il y a deux ans, note le Rapport, que notre pays a joint sa voix à celle de la Communauté internationale   pour la réalisation de l’objectif ambitieux, ‘’ que d’ici 2020, 120 millions de plus de femmes et de filles aient accès aux contraceptifs et aux informations sur la planification familiale."

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