Ethiopia Community Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Project
This initiative focused on increasing use of maternal, newborn, and child health services and preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services through community-based, integrated approaches tailored to Ethiopia. Working closely with the government of Ethiopia, Pathfinder increased demand for PMTCT services at the community level. Pathfinder worked 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 maternal and child health and PMTCT services.
Pathfinder also worked to strengthen systems of referral linkage between the community and health centers. Moreover, we build capacity of civil society organizations, helping them integrate PMTCT into their routine activities to ensure sustainability.
The project documented 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 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 maternal health, child health, 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 worked with local partners to improve the education, health, rights, and social status of adolescent girls and women.
Evidence to Action for Strengthened Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls (E2A)
The Evidence to Action Project (E2A) is USAID’s global flagship for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery.
This paper offers a critical overview of social science research presented at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Degefech Ayele is a Health Extension Workers at Walana Health Post in Kacha Bira Woreda, Kembata Tembaro Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State. She and her fellow workers provide family planning, vaccination for children under five and other healthcare services for the environs.