Flexible Family Planning, Reproductive Health, and Gender-Based Violence Services for Transition Situations Project
Through the FLEX project, Pathfinder and IntraHealth International identifed flexible approaches for developing models of a minimum package of family planning and gender-based violence services to offer during an emergency situation or environmental instability affecting a region or a country.
- Early planning or planning at various phases of crises
- Training a core cadre of trainers
- Establishing mobile outreach teams
- Developing/testing community-based distribution of Depo Provera
- Setting up 24-hour drop-in centers
- Addressing sexual and gender-based violence including post rape services
- Community advocacy, health promotion and community outreach.
The project collaborated closely with agencies working in the humanitarian aid field and those offering reproductive health services in general and family planning/gender-based violence services in particular. The two sites selected for the implementation of these models of service delivery were the Muyinga and Kayanza provinces in Burundi and Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These sites were chosen because they host essentially displaced, returnees and/or refugee populations affected by socio-political crisis.
The final project evaluation is available for download; it highlights and documents the unique approach and successes of the project.
This descriptive project document discusses a component of Pathfinder Burundi's Positive Deviance Hearth Project, the "Maman Lumière" initiative.
Pathfinder works to improve primary healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo by supporting reproductive, maternal, and neonatal health services.
PAST PROJECT: From 2007-2014, Pathfinder worked with the government of Burundi to improve maternal and child health in two provinces: Muyinga and Kayanza.
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.
Supported by Pathfinder International, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Packard Foundation, the Health of the People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin initiative, or HoPE-LVB, has employed the PHE model to address food insecurity, weak health infrastructure, environmental degradation, high maternal and infant mortality, and inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene.
What's more, women in Ethiopia are having fewer children (the fertility rate fell from an average of 6.5 children per woman in 2000 to 4.6 currently), maternal deaths are in decline, and more women are staying in school longer. Plus, more women are opting for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) instead of more traditional short-term methods like birth control pills or condoms.