The latest in global sexual and reproductive health news

El Salvador Court's Decision to Deny Mother Life-Saving Abortion Unacceptable Violation of Human Rights

This week we were outraged to hear that El Salvador’s Supreme Court denied a young mother’s appeal to allow her doctors to perform a potentially life-saving abortion.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Abortion

Curbing Maternal Mortality in India

Doordarshan News covers the launch of Pathfinder International's maternal mortality project in India, an initiative in collaboration with World Health Partners and funded by Merck for Mothers.

"The health of women, especially pregnant women, is a matter of grave concern. In today's scenario, the health sector has seen so much advancement. More than 200 pregnant women out of 100,000 died during labor pains in (India). Although there has been significant strides in reducing the mother mortality rate, a lot needs to be done in tackling the problem."

Type: Press Release
Country: India
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health

When Just Saying "No" Is Not Enough

Katy Sorenson reflects on her visit to family planning projects in Peru with Pathfinder International and Population Action International, emphasizing the importance of sexual and reproductive health around the world.

Investments in family planning—whether at home or abroad—just make sense. Women who have access to a full range of effective contraceptive methods and reproductive health services are better able to protect themselves against HIV, more likely to get further education, and better able to earn a good living to support themselves and their families.

Bussi Communities and Preserving Lake Victoria

New Vision takes a look at how family planning and energy conservation go hand-in-hand on Bussi Island as part of Pathfinder's Health of People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin project.

The project uses integrated approaches to improve access to health services, especially family planning, sexual and reproductive health, while helping communities to manage natural resources and conserve the ecosystems on which they depend.

NASG for Post-Childbirth Bleeding

Pathfinder International uses the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment as a part of a "Continuum of Care" in our work in Bangladesh and Nigeria to stop postpartum hemorrhage from resulting in maternal death.

The innovative Non-Pneumatic Anti-shock Garments (NASGs) was on display on the concluding day of the Women Deliver conference in the Malaysian capital. Research indicates wrapping the NASG from the ankle to the navel of a woman facing post-delivery bleeding and awaiting transfer to a hospital can save her.

Pathfinder's Purnima Mane on Family Planning, Saving Lives, and Social Media

+SocialGood talks with Pathfinder International's President and CEO Purnima Mane at Women Deliver 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

"Our main agenda item (at Women Deliver) is to focus on the countries in which we work. To ensure that the unmet need for family planning is something that's being addressed and learning how we can partner with others working in the same area. And also making sure we're highlighting young people." -Purnima Mane

Pathfinder International Named Winner of "Female Condoms are ____" Contest

On Tuesday, Pathfinder was named the winner of the "Female Condoms Are ____" film contest organized by PATH, the Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme, the Center for Health and Gender Equity, and the National Female Condom Coalition.

“Female Condoms Are My Power, My Protection, My Pleasure!” is one of nearly 30 short films from 12 countries that were submitted to the contest to describe what female condoms mean to the filmmakers and their communities and how female condoms might enhance their lives.

Women: Producers, Not Just Reproducers

At Women Deliver 2013, conference attendees discuss the idea that maternal health and other gender-related issues don't only affect the lives of women, girls, and children, but also help shape the economies and societies that they live in.

Pathfinder's President Purnima Mane said while better maternal health is a moral and ethical goal in its own right, a stronger economic argument will perhaps bring more pressure to bear on governments, donors, and the private sector to follow through on their commitments. She cited Pathfinder’s SCIP project in Mozambique as an example of a cross-sectoral intervention that combines health, environment, and economic development efforts and improves accountability through close interaction with community and government leadership.

Pathfinder International Receives First Place in “Female Condoms Are…” Film Contest for Highlighting Female Condom Work in Mozambique

Pathfinder team accepts female condom film award
Pathfinder is thrilled to announce that “Female Condoms Are… Power. Protection. Pleasure,” based on our female condom work in Mozambique has won the international “Female Condoms Are…” film contest.

What To Do If You're 16, Pregnant, and Don't Want To Be In Rural South Africa

This new blog takes a look at how Pathfinder is creating demand for and providing access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services in rural South Africa.

Pathfinder has enabled six existing rural community health centers to provide additional sexual and reproductive health services, therefore preventing the necessity of long distance travel—for some. Perhaps the most impressive part of their work is the way Pathfinder ensures services are suited to youth.

UNFPA Focuses on Contraception for 222 Million in Developing World

As the world tunes in for Women Deliver 2013, the UNFPA and global leaders emphasize the importance of meeting the tremendous unmet need for contraception.

Community-oriented work to change social norms around gender and enabling social and economic policies are essential to prevent early marriage, to keep girls in school, and to help women to space their births and give birth safely, when they want to bear children, said Purnima Mane, who heads Pathfinder International.

New Innovations for Preventing and Treating Postpartum Hemorrhage Are Saving Women’s Lives

NASG Use in Nigeria
New research and analysis from Pathfinder International, the University of California San Francisco Safe Motherhood Program, and PATH shows that innovative, collaborative efforts to address postpartum hemorrhage are working.

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.

UNFPA Focuses on Contraception for 222 Million in Developing World

Purnima Mane advocates for increased family planning funding and identifies political will and a focus on community-based work as two of the most important factors in our efforts to advance the status of women and girls around the world.

Asked how best the contraceptive needs could be met, Dr. Purnima Mane, president and chief executive officer of Pathfinder International, told IPS the United Nations and the international community need to continue advocating for increased funding – domestic and international – for access to contraception and for the integration of family planning into universal health coverage in all possible forums and through broader partnerships across sectors.

New Grant from William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to Support Pathfinder's Work in West Africa

Pathfinder is pleased to announce a new three-year grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in support of crucial work in West Africa targeting the unmet need for contraception among young married adolescents in Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Niger.

Corporate Joins Hands with NGOs to Curb Maternal Mortality

Pathfinder International was recently named one of three NGOs chosen by Merck for Mothers to lead efforts to reduce maternal mortality in some of the most at-risk states in India.

MSD for Mothers recently announced the launch of its global initiative to reduce maternal mortality in India. It is partnering with three NGOs to improve the quality of healthcare received by pregnant women in India.

Merck Sharp and Dohme Launches Indian Maternal Health Scheme

This week Merck for Mothers announced a new initiative to improve maternal health throughout India, naming Pathfinder as one of three nonprofit partners to carry out work to reduce maternal mortality in some of the most at-risk communities in the country.

By allying with the Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust, Pathfinder International with World Health Partners and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood with Gram Vaani, Merck will be able to help nearly 500,000 pregnant women in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand.

Combining Health and Food Security in Mozambique: Interview With Pathfinder International’s SCIP Project

This Q&A with Pathfinder's Strengthening Communities Through Integrated Programming (SCIP) discusses our unique approach to providing reproductive health care in Mozambique's Nampula Province as well as successes and challenges associated with the project.

The Governor of Nampula province has welcomed the SCIP team with enthusiasm, highlighting the tremendous potential of the project to improve health conditions in communities across the 14 focus districts. He committed to “opening the doors” with key administrators and directed SCIP to work with the Unit of Coordination for Nampula Development, which coordinates between civil society partners in the province.

National Commission for Women Chief Calls for Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality

MSD for Mothers' new initiative to reduce maternal mortality launched in India this week. Pathfinder is one of three nonprofits chosen to lead project activities in three of the most at-risk states in the country.

Coordinated efforts by NGOs and the private sector are necessary to take various government schemes to grass roots level and to reduce the maternal mortality rate, National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma said on Tuesday.

MSD for Mothers Launches Initiative in India to Reduce Maternal Mortality Rate

Pathfinder is pleased to be one of the organizations recently selected by MSD for Mothers to address maternal morbidity and mortality in India. The initiative, which was officially launched this week, targets some of the most at-risk states in India.

“We have made great strides towards Millennium Development Goal 5, but we know there’s more work to do to reach that target,” Mamta Sharma, chairperson, National Commission for Women said speaking at the India launch. “These new partnerships demonstrate innovative ways of working together to address this issue and bring India closer to our goal.”

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