Family Planning Initiative Project
With funding from USAID, Pathfinder supported the government of Mozambique to increase demand for and use of family planning and reproductive health services in 16 districts of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, and Cabo Delgado provinces.
The project achieved this through the integration of family planning and sexual reproductive health services into primary health care and HIV services; strengthening youth-friendly services; increasing the capacity of community health agents; and supporting community mobilization, peer education, and faculty and staff training in pre-service institutions.
This work took place in provinces with some of the lowest contraceptive prevalence rates and highest rates of HIV in the country. By integrating family planning into HIV and primary care services, programs minimized costs and maximized opportunities to reach adolescents, men, and women.
Pathfinder trained nearly 7,500 health providers, peer educators, faculty, traditional birth attendants, staff at pre-service institutes, and community health agents. This led to more than 800,000 individuals reached through family planning, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV community health activities since the beginning of the project.
As adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health is a key focus area for Pathfinder and this project, it also achieved more than 50,000 family planning consultations by young people at the project’s youth-friendly sites.
In 2013, Pathfinder launched mCenas! to better reach young people with messages and resources for sexual and reproductive health delivered through a series of text message and stories. Learn more about mCenas!.
This project in Mozambique worked with health facilities, pre-service institutes, communities and partners to integrate family planning into primary care services, minimizing the cost of care and maximizing the opportunities to reach men and women with family planning services. The endline survey show the results of the four year project.
The purpose of the Working Paper Series is to disseminate work in progress by Pathfinder International staff on critical issues of population, reproductive health, and development.
Integrating Family Planning in Primary Health Care and HIV Care and Treatment Services in Mozambique
This technical update discusses how Pathfinder’s Extending Service Delivery–Family Planning Initiative has begun to integrate family planning into existing services, including primary health care and HIV care and treatment in Mozambique.
Pathfinder is developing and implementing a community-based model that supports the health and rights of young women of reproductive age by addressing the four prongs of PMTCT.
Bolstering Multisectorial Action to Address Gender-based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health
This project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, strengthens and scales up a multisectoral approach to primary and secondary prevention of gender-based violence and unsafe abortion in Gaza, Inhambane, Cabo Delgado, and Maputo provinces.
PAST PROJECT: Pathfinder reduced violence against women by establishing networks and building on government capacity and civil society responses. This project increased access to health, social, and legal services for women and girls.
Pathfinder joins the global health community in celebrating World Contraception Day. Launched in 2007, World Contraception Day aims to raise awareness about the importance and availability of a full range of contraception, especially for young people.
Several laws and policies address gender violence in Mozambique, including a 2009 law on domestic violence and a new penal code that came into force in June. Yet many problems remain.