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.
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
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's Integrated Family Health Program has managed to save the lives of mothers and newborns in the Woreda region of Ethiopia.
Degefech Ayele is a Health Extension Workers at Walana Health Post in Kacha Bira Woreda, Kembata Tembaro Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State. She and her fellow workers provide family planning, vaccination for children under five and other healthcare services for the environs.