Our Work

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Adolescents & Youth Abortion Advocacy
Contraception & Family Planning HIV & AIDS Maternal & Newborn Health


Our Approach

Pathfinder believes that to provide long term solutions, we must connect people to systems, and systems to people. In keeping with Pathfinder's half century history of working with communities and the expertise this has built, Pathfinder has developed a model of systems strengthening that focuses on the zones of health and community systems' interaction.

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Our Six Focus Areas

Pathfinder addresses a range of sexual and reproductive health needs. In particular, we have six key focus areas and four crosscutting areas of our work.

  • Adolescents

    For nearly 40 years, Pathfinder has led projects focused on improving adolescents and youth access to sexual and reproductive health services in more than 30 countries, under a wide range of circumstances. Pathfinder’s goal is to ensure young people have access to quality services that are tailored to effectively meet the diverse needs of adolescents and youth across countries and cultural contexts.

  • HIV & AIDS
    HIV & AIDS

    AIDS is the leading cause of mortality among women of reproductive age and has devastating impact on the health, livelihood, and survival of women, children, and families. Response to this crisis requires a massive, multi-sectoral, and coordinated global effort to implement state-of-the-art approaches, and advance social justice and human rights. For the past 20 years, Pathfinder has played a major role, contributing on several fronts of the global response to AIDS.

  • Contraception &
    Family Planning
    Contraception & Family Planning

    For more than 55 years, improving access to contraception and family planning has been core to Pathfinder’s mission. Pathfinder has worked in more than 100 countries implementing large scale service delivery programs. Our goal is to advance opportunities for women, men, and adolescents to make choices about their sexual and reproductive health through access to contraceptive services and information.

  • Advocacy

    Pathfinder’s advocacy is focused on improving the US and global political environment for sexual and reproductive health programs. Pathfinder is recognized in the United States and globally as a strong and enduring voice for international sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Our strong reputation in service delivery and our ability to leverage technical knowledge and expertise make Pathfinder a key resource to policymakers around the world.

  • Abortion

    Pathfinder believes access to abortion services is not only a public health imperative, it is also every woman’s right. As part of our mission, Pathfinder helps ensure the availability of safe, legal abortion services that are performed by well-trained providers so that every woman has options and can make choices about what is best for her wellbeing and future.

  • Maternal & Newborn Health
    Maternal & Newborn Health

    Throughout our history, Pathfinder has supported integrated and comprehensive services for maternal and newborn care. We promote contraception, train midwives and skilled birth attendants, and enhance emergency obstetric care with the goal of reducing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality and ensuring mothers and their newborns have access to help and information at every point during pregnancy and childbirth—from the household to the hospital—and then safely home.

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Featured Projects

Implants for Young People in Ethiopia

Young People's Empowerment in Reproductive Health Through Awareness and Service Expansion in Ethiopia (YERASEE)

Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Contraception & Family Planning

As a part of the Integrated Family Health Program, YERASEE will build upon Pathfinder’s extensive work in Ethiopia to improve sexual and reproductive health services for young people (ages 10-24) throughout the country.

Tuungane project, Tanzania

Tuungane: Creating a Healthy Future for People and the Natural Resources They Depend On

Contraception & Family Planning

With the human population in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem growing rapidly, in conditions of extreme poverty and ill health, this project used a model of population, health, and environment to address reproductive health and natural resource management.


Tutunzane: Scale-Up of Home-Based Care Activities for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Behavior Change HIV & AIDS

This project provides community-home-based-care for people living with HIV and AIDS and their families. Pathfinder also works in the community to reduce the stigma and increase the voice and visibility of people living with HIV and AIDS.

HIV and AIDS Prevention in South Africa

Support for Strengthening and Expanding Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Care Project

Systems Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Maternal & Newborn Health HIV & AIDS

In South Africa, Pathfinder promotes the adoption of safe sex practices while increasing access to quality, integrated, and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.

Photo by Pathfinder Pakistan

Strengthening Regional Training Institutes and Expanding Community Access to Quality Family Planning Services

Systems Strengthening Maternal & Newborn Health Contraception & Family Planning

This two-year project improved and expanded the reproductive health and family planning training for health workers at government regional training institutes.

Group of woman at a SCIP gathering

Strengthening Communities through Integrated Programming (SCIP)

Systems Strengthening Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Gender Behavior Change Maternal & Newborn Health Advocacy HIV & AIDS Contraception & Family Planning

SCIP is designed to increase quality of life at the household and community levels by improving health and nutritional status and advancing household economic viability.

Haiti SSQH

Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti (SSQH)

Systems Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Gender Maternal & Newborn Health HIV & AIDS Contraception & Family Planning

Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti (SSQH) is a three-year, USAID-funded project designed to bring quality health services to the southern and central regions of Haiti.

Saving the Lives of Mothers and Newborns

Saving the Lives of Mothers and Newborns in the La Libertad Region of Peru

Maternal & Newborn Health

Pathfinder works closely with the Peruvian Ministry of Health to improve mother and newborn health and reduce maternal mortality in La Libertad region of Peru.

Putting Reproductive Health Back on the Map: A Demand Driven Approach for Increased Funding for Family Planning

Systems Strengthening Advocacy Contraception & Family Planning

In Tanzania, Pathfinder promoted a more efficient and higher quality service delivery system by increasing national focus on family planning and combining efforts with AIDS initiatives.

Gender-based violence in Tanzania

Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Against Children in Tanzania

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Gender

In Tanzania, Pathfinder works to prevent violence against children and adolescents at the household and community level.

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