Tuungane: Creating a Healthy Future for People and the Natural Resources They Depend On
The Greater Mahale Ecosystem (GME) is home to more than 90 percent of Tanzania’s endangered chimpanzees and more than 300 species of fish. The human population in GME is growing rapidly in conditions of extreme poverty and ill health.
This population, health, and environment project is an integrated rural development initiative that addresses reproductive health and natural resource management. Pathfinder works with partner organizations The Nature Conservancy and the Frankfurt Zoological Society to achieve the overarching goal of reducing threats to biodiversity conservation and natural resources degradation in the GME, while simultaneously improving health of the communities by increasing sustainable livelihoods and increasing access to contraceptives, adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health, maternal, neonatal, and child health, and primary healthcare services.
Initial measures to strengthen local governance, and the community development of action plans to conserve ecosystems, set the stage for the continued success of integrated activities. Some features of the project include:
- Land and fisheries management
- Health system strengthening
- Reproductive health demand, supply, and services
- Community conservation microfinance banks
- The estabhlishment of community forest reserves
Tuungane intends to scale up from six pilot villages to all 24 villages in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem area.
Right now, communities face two interconnected crises—how to protect their health and the environment they depend on. The problems are complex. And Pathfinder is up to the challenge.
In a year of remarkable achievement, including Pathfinder’s landmark victory at the US Supreme Court and our return to Bangladesh with a $53.8 million project, what was most exciting? The answer—integration—is the theme of Pathfinder’s 2013 Annual Report.
Sustainable Development in East Africa: Lessons from Four Population, Health, and Environment Projects
The integrated Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) approach is based on the premise that people’s health and the environments in which they live are inextricably linked.This publication features insights from four ongoing PHE projects in East Africa.
In 2012, Pathfinder went where the need was greatest—the places where women, men, and young people must fight every day to defend their sexual and reproductive health and rights. This annual report explores our successes during fiscal year 2012.
Using Community Scorecards, this project empowered citizens in Tanzania to improve the quality of their own reproductive health services.
This project sought to improve, scale up, and institutionalize HIV and AIDS prevention and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. Institutional capacity building was a key component of the project.
Demographic expert Dr Tauseef Ahmed, while speaking at a workshop organised by non-government organisations Subh-e-Nau and Pathfinders, said that if we fail to invest in the youth, not only they will be unskilled and uneducated but they will stay unemployed.
With funding from the Tides Foundation, Pathfinder's Money Well Spent project encourages districts to fund family planning and reproductive health services.