African Youth Alliance
From 2000-2005, Pathfinder partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and 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 Tanzania
This report highlights the results of the work done to strengthen the institutional capacity and sustainability of 24 local implementing partners in Uganda.
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 Ghana
Using Community Scorecards, this project empowered citizens in Tanzania to improve the quality of their own reproductive health services.
Pathfinder was awarded a second grant from the Results for Development Institute to implement activities that are complementary to those of the Citizen Report Cards.
This project provided 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.
Dr. Tauseef Ahmed, Pakistan country director of Pathfinder International, a non-profit organisation working to improve adolescent and youth access to sexual and reproductive health services in more than 30 countries, says that early pregnancy is not uncommon among teenage brides. In fact, having a baby is a way of proving one’s fertility, and the values of adolescent pregnancy are “protected by women and girls themselves,” he told IPS.
With funding from the Tides Foundation, Pathfinder's Money Well Spent project encourages districts to fund family planning and reproductive health services.