HIV & AIDS
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, including the USAID-funded APHIAplus Nairobi-Coast project that works to ensure all people can equitably access services for HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, reproductive health and family planning, and maternal and child health.
Pathfinder works to improve primary healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo by supporting reproductive, maternal, and neonatal health services.
PAST PROJECT: 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.
The APHIAplus (AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Plus) Nairobi-Coast program is a five-year flagship health services delivery program funded by USAID.
The Single-Visit Approach as a Cervical Cancer Prevention Strategy Among Women With HIV in Ethiopia: Successes and Lessons Learned
With the single-visit approach for cervical cancer prevention, women with positive “visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid wash” test results receive immediate treatment of the precancerous lesion with cryotherapy. The approach worked successfully for women with HIV in Ethiopia in secondary and tertiary health facilities, with high screening and cryotherapy treatment rates.
Young People Living with HIV: A Collection and Review of the Resources for Health Workers Around the World
This compendium was developed to identify and facilitate access to useful resources that will help field teams and organizations around the world improve service provision for young people living with HIV. The compendium includes resources for PLHIV related to: HIV care; HIV treatment; positive, health, dignity, and prevention; sexual and reproductive health; and disclosure.
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.
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.