HIV & AIDS

In Tanzania, Develini, a home-based care provider, helps her client determine which contraceptive method is appropriate to use with her HIV medication. (TANZANIA)

Pathfinder supports the most at risk populations, including prison inmates (seen here in Mozambique), with HIV prevention and behavior change programs.

At a health post in Ethiopia, Masreshah counsels her pregnant client on the importance of HIV testing and prevention, including how to protect her child from the virus if she tests positive.

A young man in South Africa celebrates the launch of The Youth Friendly Wellness Center, where he and his friends can access a number of critical services, including HIV counseling and testing.

In 2011, over 3.3 million individuals received HIV and AIDS services in Pathfinder-supported projects.

For the past 20 years, Pathfinder has played a major role, contributing on several fronts of the global response to 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. The HIV epidemic has greatly affected health, social, and economic sectors in the developing world and is one of the main causes for little progress in addressing maternal health. 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.

While our initial efforts in the late 1980s focused on the integration of HIV prevention messages within sexual and reproductive health projects, in the late 1990s, our experience in community-based contraceptive services was successfully adapted into a model of home-based care for people living with HIV implemented in several countries.

Today, our work has expanded. We use our unique and long-standing experience in community, sexual and reproductive health, local capacity development, and gender activities to contribute to HIV programming in over a dozen countries. Pathfinder supports prevention, treatment, care, and support activities that are based on science-based methods and contribute to reducing HIV incidence and promoting quality of life for persons infected and/or affected by HIV.

Pathfinder has developed expertise and multi-country leadership for programs working with:

  • Key populations (including sex workers and men who have sex with men),
  • Sexual and reproductive health and HIV integration,
  • Positive health dignity and prevention,
  • Adolescents and youth,
  • Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT).

Currently, Pathfinder has a range of HIV projects around the world.

Related Projects

Access to Primary Healthcare Project

Access to Primary Healthcare Project

Pathfinder works to improve primary healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo by supporting reproductive, maternal, and neonatal health services.

APHIA II Nairobi and Central

With support from the Government of Kenya this project used an integrated model of AIDS, population and health to expand access to quality, sustainable HIV and AIDS and TB prevention, treatment, and support and family planning services.

APHIAplus Nairobi-Coast

The APHIAplus (AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Plus) Nairobi-Coast program is a five-year flagship health services delivery program funded by USAID.


Related Publications

June 2014

Addressing Unmet Need for Contraception among HIV-Positive Women: Endline Survey Results and Comparison with the Baseline

This is a report of a facility-based endline survey that was conducted as part of a program evaluation to assess the Arise—Enhancing HIV Prevention for At-Risk-Populations project in Uganda.

June 2014

Addressing Unmet Need for Contraception among HIV-Positive Women: A Qualitative Study of the Arise Project in Uganda

This report presents the findings from a qualitative study conducted in January 2014 in Lango and Teso regions of Uganda among Arise Project beneficiaries and service providers.

May 2014

From Policy to Action: Implementing the Kenyan Community Strategy

This technical highlight provides a brief overview of Pathfinder’s experience implementing the Kenyan Community Strategy through the USAID-funded APHIAplus (AIDS, Population, and Health Integrated Assistance Plus) Nairobi-Coast project (2011-2014).

May 2014

Meeting the Needs of Adolescents Living with HIV through Home Based Care - Lessons from Tanzania

This study examined the experiences of adolescents living with HIV in Tanzania in order to identify ways to improve home based care to better meet their needs.


Related News

Honoring those lost in Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

As the International AIDS Conference comes to a close, Pathfinder recognizes the lives we lost in Flight 17.

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.

Pathfinder Hails the Release of US Government Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation

Pathfinder Hails the Release of US Government Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation
In light of World AIDS Day on December 1st, Pathfinder congratulates the US Government for developing a bold and clear plan to contribute to the global fight against HIV and AIDS by applying a comprehensive, science-driven approach.

IAVI Welcomes New Members Purnima Mane and Alice P. Albright to Board of Directors

Pathfinder President and CEO, Purnima Mane, joins the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Board of Directors.

"As a former member of IAVI’s Policy Advisory Committee, I have long believed that the development of a safe and effective HIV vaccine is essential to bringing an end to the AIDS pandemic,” Purnima Mane, President and CEO of Pathfinder International, said. “That conviction has been reinforced continually over nearly three decades of work in areas related to AIDS and sexual and reproductive health. I look forward to working with IAVI to help make the goal of a broadly effective AIDS vaccine a reality.”

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