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 222 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.
It was a matter of life and death for Jenelia, who lives in a remote mountain village in Haiti, the most dangerous place to give birth in the Western Hemisphere. This issue of Pathways explores how mobile technology is changing the way community health workers are delivering health services to women like Jenelia.
Pathfinder's Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haiti project, in collaboration with the Haitian government and MSPP, integrates the use of mobile tools for health - it incorporates the use of mSanté activities and finance tools to improve the delivery of quality health services for the people of Haiti.
Cet ensemble de cartes aide-mémoire de conseil sur la contraception a été développé pour aider une variété de prestataires à conseiller les adultes sur les options disponibles en matière de contraception.
The purpose of the Working Paper Series is to disseminate work in progress by Pathfinder International staff on critical issues of population, reproductive health, and development.
“You can earn demographic dividend only if you invest in health (that included reproductive health and family planning), education, employment opportunities and good governance,” Dr Tauseef Ahmed of Pathfinder said, adding that governance based on merit-based decisions and accountability was the backbone of the process.
A video provides a snapshot of Pathfinder International’s Health of People and Environment in Lake Victoria Basin project, an integrated population, health, and environment project supported by MacArthur. The project aims to reduce threats to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem degradation in the Lake Victoria Basin while increasing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health services.