Certification Strategies for the School-Based Program Geracao Biz
Pathfinder has been implementing the Geração Biz Program, a multi-sectorial program for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV and AIDS prevention among adolescents and youth, for more than a decade with the support of several donors.
It is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and civil society organizations and youth associations. The project aims to reduce the vulnerability of adolescents and youth to reduce illnesses through the promotion of SRH information (including HIV prevention), the adoption of skills to enable a safe transition to adulthood, and the delivery of quality clinical services.
Two years ago, Geração Biz was identified as a national model program. As a result, the project was included as part of the Five-Year Plan of the Mozambican Government (2010-2014) as the guideline for standardization of actions in SRH and HIV prevention with adolescents across the country. Its implementation takes place at different levels (central, provincial, and district), with the technical, programmatic, and financial support of UNFPA, Pathfinder, and bilateral cooperation agencies (DANIDA, NORAD, and Sida). Geração Biz has implemented three main strategies focused on integrating its own sustainability with the government's strategy: improvement of management systems; promotion, institutionalization, and sustainability of the program at different governmental levels; and the involvement of social and political support networks.
In 2012, Geração Biz will be funded through an allocation by the Mozambican Government, split across three ministries at the central and provincial levels. UNFPA is also expected to provide additional funds. This model is used by many other country programs for information sharing opportunities, and is being replicated in South Africa. Additionally, the project was selected by FHI as a good practice case study in 2011 for HIV programming for young people.
This case study describes how the Government of Mozambique has scaled up its successful youth HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health program to a national level with support from UNFPA and technical guidance from Pathfinder International.
Improving Female Recruitment, Participation, and Retention Among Peer Educators in the Gercao BIZ Program in Mozambique
In response to the under-representation of female peer educators in the Geracao BIZ Program (GBP), an adolescent sexual and reproductive health program in Mozambique, a research study was used to test new strategies for improving recruitment.
The experience of Pathfinder International and the Foundation for Community Development in Inhambane Province, Mozambique.
Pathfindings Number 3: Improving Female Recruitment, Participation, and Retention Among Female Peer Educators in Mozambique
Discusses findings from operations research conducted at the Geracao BIZ Program by Pathfinder/Mozambique, on the challenges of building an equitable adolescent peer educator program that encourages female participation, equal recognition, and involvement.
The Pathfinding Fund is supporting studies on innovative Pathfinder approaches in Mozambique; Pathfinder has been working closely with country staff to develop the CHW study and anticipates having results by the end of 2012.
Pathfinder reduced violence against women (VAW) by establishing networks and building on government capacity and civil society responses. This project increased access to health, social, and legal services for women and girls.
Expanding and Sustaining Safe Abortion Services in Ghana, Mozambique and South Africa through the Safe Abortion Action Fund
Pathfinder built upon existing efforts to expand and create sustainable safe abortion services in Ghana, Mozambique, and South Africa. The overarching goal of this project was to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality due to unsafe abortion.
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.
Pathfinder's "Female Condoms Are Power, Protection, Pleasure" is featured in a BBC News story about the return of the female condom, a method of contraception empowering women around the world.