Pathfinder Announces New Partnership Supporting Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health in India
Pathfinder International is delighted to announce a new partnership with the state government in Haryana, India. The intervention—named “Salamati” for health in the local language—will help strengthen key components of the existing Reproductive Maternal Neonatal Child Health + Adolescents (RMNCH+A) program of the Government of India in Mewat district, which has one of the poorest health indicators in the country. Pathfinder will provide technical support and guidance, drawing on our past experience in the country.
Throughout the past decade, Pathfinder has worked to improve sexual and reproductive health in India through projects like PRACHAR and RAKSHA. Drawing upon experience from these projects will be key in Salamati’s success. PRACHAR, implanted in Bihar since 2001, has been largely successful in helping women and girls delay early marriage and first pregnancies. PRACHAR also supports women by helping them time and space their pregnancies once they decide to become mothers. Using Pathfinder’s Continuum of Care Approach, RAKSHA prevented maternal deaths due to postpartum hemorrhage.
A significant part of the Salamati initiative will include behavior change activities to change traditional norms around delaying the age of marriage, delaying first pregnancy, and spacing births. Project efforts will also aim to sensitize men and religious leaders in the community to the importance of gender equality and the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy. Pathfinder will provide support for capacity building and supportive supervision of frontline health workers that will help streamline the contraceptive supply chain system to better serve communities.
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A recent study in Mozambique found that of 1,432 women surveyed, 66% had never used any contraception.
Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, a former Executive Director of UNFPA and a current Pathfinder board member, has won the 2015 United Nations Population Award.