Improving HIV Prevention for Youth through Youth Education at Schools and in the Community
With funding from the Johnson and Johnson Foundation, Pathfinder designed a life-skills based approach to address sexual and reproductive health issues for youth in Viet Nam using life-skills-based HIV education in schools and in the community.
Successful achievement of the project’s activities led to a significant increase in knowledge and improvement of skills for youth in HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health and utilization of youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services. The end-of-project evaluation confirmed that the project effectively addresses the needs of young people through effective and attractive approaches, and that the model designed by the project has been institutionalized in schools and Youth Union in the targeted provinces. The donor recently approved funding of a scale up project in the province of Quang Ninh.
Successful implementation and positive results of this project led to the approval of new funding by the Johnson and Johnson Foundation for a scale up project in two schools and two districts in Quang Ninh. This project aims to arm participating youth with appropriate knowledge and skills to prevent HIV infections, to address their sexual and reproductive health needs, and to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies through life skills based interventions in schools and communities. The project is expected to contribute to decreasing new HIV infections among youth in the Quang Ninh province.
Pathfinder is enhancing the health management information system in Viet Nam in order to strengthen the health sector's planning and management and to reduce inequities among poor and vulnerable populations.
Improving Health Care for Ethnic Minority Populations through Pre-Service Training in Viet Nam: A Systems-Based Approach
This project improved access to high quality, culturally appropriate health care in mountainous and underserved areas where many ethnic minorities live by partnering with medical schools in Viet Nam.
With a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, Pathfinder implemented a one-year pilot project to target ethnic minority populations in the Central Highlands and Northern Mountains regions of Viet Nam with health messages.
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.
With support from Johnson & Johnson, Pathfinder launched a health learning program for in- and out-of-school youth in Can Tho city and Thai Nguyen province to change attitudes and improve knowledge about HIV through life skills-based education.