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 and implemented large scale service delivery programs focused on contraception across sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. 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.
Contraceptive services and knowledge offers individuals the ability to make key decisions about their sexual and reproductive health so they can take control of their lives. Empowered to make decisions about if, when, and how often to have children, women and girls can stay in school, develop income-earning skills, determine the size and timing of their families, and play an active role in ensuring their family's welfare. For men, contraceptive services and information enable supportive partnerships and ensure couples can make decisions together about their health and futures. Support for both women and men to access contraception and family planning is key to fostering gender equity and benefitting the health and strength of communities everywhere.
By addressing a vast unmet need—more than 225 million women currently want, but lack access to family planning—Pathfinder helps individuals prevent unintended pregnancy, space births for optimal health and well-being, and reduce the risk of illness and infection.
Key approaches for all of our contraceptive and family planning work include:
- Expanding access to quality information and services with a focus on bringing services closer to the client and at the same time improving the quality of care at facilities.
- Improving the integration of services so that each visit is an opportunity to respond to multiple health and contraceptive needs.
- Addressing cultural, social, economic, and logistical obstacles to contraceptive availability by focusing on the intersection of community and health systems.
- Advocating at international, national, regional, and local levels to ensure availability and funding for contraception and family planning.
Currently, Pathfinder has a range of contraception and family planning projects around the world.
Pathfinder works to improve primary healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo by supporting reproductive, maternal, and neonatal health services.
Using Community Scorecards, this project empowered citizens in Tanzania to improve the quality of their own reproductive health services.
Pathfinder continues to explore, identify, and advocate for increasing attention and funding for sexual and reproductive health programs in Myanmar.
This publication discusses the USAID-funded Healthy Families project efforts to strengthen the contraceptive supply chain in Angola.
This project in Mozambique worked with health facilities, pre-service institutes, communities and partners to integrate family planning into primary care services, minimizing the cost of care and maximizing the opportunities to reach men and women with family planning services. The endline survey show the results of the four year project.
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Pacote de Formação sobre os Requisitos Legais e de Políticas do Governo dos EUA para o Planeamento Familiar (Multiple Languages)
This training package serves to help Pathfinder (and other international NGOs) and their partners ensure compliance with US government legislative and policy requirements for contraception programs.
"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.”