African Youth Alliance
From 2000-2005, Pathfinder partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) to implement the African Youth Alliance Project in Uganda, Ghana, Botswana, and Tanzania. The project aimed to improve, scale up, and institutionalize HIV and AIDS prevention and adolescent reproductive health programs in these four countries.
Pathfinder was responsible for the Youth-Friendly Services and Institutional Capacity Building components of the program. In Tanzania, Pathfinder collaborated with 14 local institutions in 10 districts to reach young people through static clinics, peer education programs, and the private and commercial sectors. In addition to building local NGO capacity, Pathfinder instituted an array of youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, including:
- Information and counseling on sexuality, safe sex, and reproductive health;
- Contraceptive method provision (with an emphasis on dual protection);
- STI diagnosis and management;
- HIV counseling (and referral for testing and care);
- Pregnancy testing and antenatal and postnatal care;
- Counseling on sexual violence and abuse (and referral for needed services); and
- Postabortion care counseling and contraception (with referral for treatment of complications when necessary).
Final Report for Botswana
Under AYA, the ICB component recognized that governments in the four intervention countries are increasingly turning to Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) and civil society as partners in meeting their countries development needs.
Final Report for Tanzania
Final Report for Ghana
This project uses Citizen Report Cards to convince government officials to allocate funding for contraception during stock outs. Two local NGOs are being training to use this tool for government accountability of a lack of supplies.
This project provides technical assistance and support to local organizations in Uganda and Tanzania, with the goal of improving each grantees organizational capacity to affect health and community systems strengthening.
Pathfinder was awarded a grant to provide technical assistance to 11 grantees in Uganda and Tanzania. Pathfinder aims to improve the organizational capacity of these grantees to effect health and community systems strengthening.
Pathfinder's Bangladesh Country Representative Halida Akhter writes about the harmful effects of child marriage and early childbirth and efforts to change these norms to promote a brighter and healthier future for girls everywhere.
Tanzania will likely fall short of its 2015 reproductive health targets, which aim to reduce one million abortions, 2.9 million unintended births, and 18,000 maternal deaths that occur every year because of poor of access to family planning services.