Ethiopia Community Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Project
This initiative focuses on increasing use of maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) services, and on prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) services through community-based, integrated approaches tailored to Ethiopia. Working closely with the government of Ethiopia, Pathfinder serves as a technical subcontractor to IntraHealth, with primary responsibility for increasing demand for MNCH/PMTCT services at the community level. As the lead agency for community mobilization, Pathfinder works closely with health extension workers, associations of HIV-positive people, religious leaders, and government structures to increase knowledge and awareness of the community on availability and benefits of MNCH/PMTCT services.
Pathfinder also works to strengthen systems of referral linkage between the community and health centers. Moreover, the organization conducts activities aimed at building the capacity of civil society organizations so that they integrate PMTCT into their routine activities as a means to ensure sustainability.
Now in its fourth year, the project is documenting its successes while strengthening promising approaches that are expected to increase the uptake of services and improve the follow-up of HIV-positive mothers and HIV-exposed infants. The project has expanded its activities into additional health centers, increased outreach activities to increase PMTCT coverage, established community and facility-based mother support groups, and developed sustainability and transition plans with regional health bureaus. Pathfinder jointly led demand-generation activities, making strides in rolling out the community mobilization approach. Since the start of project activities, more than 16,000 individuals were reached with health messages. Pathfinder has also sponsored 13 radio programs delivering health messages on MNCH and PMTCT.
With this five-year award from CDC, Pathfinder works with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to increase access to and use of cervical cancer prevention services among HIV-positive women in Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Women's and Girl's Empowerment through Education and Reproductive Health Knowledge and Access to Services
With funding from the Packard Foundation, Pathfinder works with local partners to improve the education, health, rights, and social status of adolescent girls and women.
A USAID-funded program that supports the efforts of the Government of Ethiopia to improve family planning/reproductive health services and maternal and child health in four regions of the country.
First published in The Daily Monitor, this news article discusses the gains made by Pathfinder's Integrated Family Health Program in Ethiopia and the pivotal role the project plays in achieving Millennium Development Goals.