I Know, I Decide: eHealth in Egypt
I Know, I Decide, implemented by Pathfinder in collaboration with the Egyptian Family Planning Association (EFPA), provided comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information to young people in ten governorates. This project addressed the barriers adolescent girls face in accessing sexual and reproductive health information.
Recognizing that social and gender-related barriers and constraints can often prevent them from participating in traditional life skills and peer education programs, Pathfinder’s project provided sexual and reproductive health information for young people aged 10-24 with an emphasis on strengthening EFPA’s capacity to reach girls aged 10-19 who are often underserved. As part of this project, Pathfinder supported EFPA to build a youth-friendly portal on the EFPA website which will provide a wider audience of young people with additional opportunities to access sexual and reproductive health and life skills educational content through an innovative and interactive platform.
The project also worked with the Health Insurance Organization to enhance school doctors' ability to provide sexual and reproductive health information to girls in 20 schools in the Alexandria area.
Pathfinder looks to develop and pilot a model of health systems strengthening based on the Ministry of Health family health package, in order to increase the quality of health care serving refugee populations and their host communities.
FORSA provides employment opportunities for rural Egyptians by hiring youth as community health advocates and providing training and financial support for women to start their own microenterprises.
With support from the Ford Foundation, Pathfinder will establish a replicable model for nongovernmental organizations and community development associations to engage community-level stakeholders and gatekeepers in contributing to the prevention of early marriage.
Meeting Contraceptive Needs: Long-Term Associations Of the PRACHAR Project with Married Women’s Awareness and Behavior in Bihar
This article presents findings from an evaluation that sought to shed light on whether the improvements in contraceptive awareness and use observed following the implementation of the PRACHAR project were still evident four to eight years after its completion. Specifically, we examined whether women who were building families in areas where the PRACHAR project had been implemented—many of whom had not been directly exposed to the intervention—reported different contraceptive experiences than did those in comparison areas where the program had not been implemented.
Representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Health, USAID, Pathfinder International, and Egyptian media gathered on August 20 at Cairo’s Intercontinental City Stars Hotel to commemorate the end of the Fostering Opportunities in Rural Southern Areas project.