Obstetric Fistula Project
Through the generous support of an individual donor, Pathfinder provided access to treatment and rehabilitation to fistula clients in Ethiopia. Specifically, Pathfinder worked with community groups to identify women suffering from obstetric fistula, provide transport expenses to facilities that offer treatment, pay for diagnostic testing, and provide clothing and essential personal health items.
A favorable exchange rate, efficient programming, and an additional allotment of funds from the donor have allowed the project to reach significantly more women than originally planned. The project exceeded its targets, and reached more than 2,500 women in its lifetime.
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.
PAST PROJECT: Pathfinder increased access to and demand for prevention of mother-to-child transmission services through the creation of a community-based, integrated model in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.
Ethiopian Women's and Girl's Empowerment through Education and Reproductive Health Knowledge and Access to Services
PAST PROJECT: 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.
Pathfinder has indicated interest to support Niger State Government’s through an holistic health reform agenda to provide affordable and qualitative healthcare services for Nigerlites.
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.