Support to the Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations in the area of HIV and AIDS and Reproductive Health
Through this project, Pathfinder supported the Civil Society Organization/Non-Governmental Organization sector in focusing on reducing poverty, fostering development, and democratization initiatives to complement the Ethiopian government's efforts in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. It also supported the goals set in the Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction Program and Plan for Accelerated and the Sustained Development to End Poverty of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Program.
Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, this project allowed Pathfinder to take on the challenge of preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections and HIV and AIDS and at the same time increasing access to quality reproductive health and family planning services. Almost two million people in Ethiopia are infected with HIV and AIDS. Pathfinder's main goals weere to provide information to educate the community about preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS and to work to reduce the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and their families. In addition, Pathfinder diversified service delivery approaches by increasing geographical expansion and providing youth with access to adolescent sexual reproductive health information and services.
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.
This paper offers a critical overview of social science research presented at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Expanding Access to the Intrauterine Device in Public Health Facilities in Ethiopia: A Mixed-Methods Study
Following the introduction of IUDs into the Ethiopian public health sector, use of the method increased from <1% in 2011 to 6% in 2014 in a sample of 40 health facilities. This shift occurred in the context of wide method choice, following provider training, provision of post-training supplies, and community-based awareness creation. The IUD was acceptable to a diverse range of clients, including new contraceptive users, those with little to no education, those from rural areas, and younger women, thus suggesting a strong latent demand for IUDs in Ethiopia.