International Fellowships Program (IFP)
Since 2001, the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program in West Africa has been coordinated by the Association of African Universities. Pathfinder supported the Nigerian program, which involved the recruitment, selection, preparation for studies abroad, and ongoing monitoring and support for fellows.
In the past 10 years, Pathfinder supported a total of 174 fellows. The final selection of fellows was made in July 2010 with a total of 24 final inductees to the program. All 24 have gained admission to schools in the US, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom. A total of 112 alumni have returned to Nigeria and registered their continuing work with the Alumni Association. As the project draws to a close, alumni activities have intensified, with the formal launch of the Alumni Association last September.
Building Blocks for FP2020 supports and advances family planning in Nigeria and Pakistan, two countries that have made ambitious goals for improving access to reproductive health care in the next decade.
Community Actions to Improve Safe Motherhood in Charanchi, Katsina State, Nigeria under the Population and Reproductive Health Capacity Building Program
PAST PROJECT: The project provided capacity building support for two local community-based organizations, including the rollout of Pathways to Change, and mobilized the organizations to identify barriers in the use of quality maternal health services.
In Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda, Pathfinder aims to improve the capacity of community-based organizations to better prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
The Single-Visit Approach as a Cervical Cancer Prevention Strategy Among Women With HIV in Ethiopia: Successes and Lessons Learned
Cervical cancer is the second most common form of cancer for women in Ethiopia. Using a single-visit approach to prevent cervical cancer, the Addis Tesfa project tested women with HIV through visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid wash and, if tests results were positive, offered immediate cryotherapy of the precancerous lesion or referral for loop electrosurgical excision procedure. The objective of this article is to review screening and treatment outcomes over nearly 4 years of project implementation and to identify lessons learned to improve cervical cancer prevention programs in Ethiopia and other resource-constrained settings.
For 10 years, Dr. Farouk Mohammed Jega has been championing evidence-based arguments to try to persuade clerics that Islam supports family planning methods, contrary to the views of many clerics in Nigeria.