Family Planning Initiative Project

In 2010, Pathfinder launched the Family Planning Initiative with a clear goal: partner with the Ministry of Health to decrease unmet need for contraception and contribute to a reduction in maternal and child death.

When the Family Planning Initiative began, just 26% of married women ages 15-49 in project areas were using contraception. Today, that number reaches 41%. See more amazing results in our photo blog >

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!.

Learn more about the Family Planning Initiative in our photo blog >



Your support is critical to ensuring our work can continue. Your gift of $25 or $50 helps women and families access contraception, maternal and newborn care services, and a range of other reproductive health services.

Related Publications

ESD-FPI Endline
February 2015

Extending Service Delivery-Family Planning Initiative: Endline Survey Results

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.

August 2014

Research and Evaluation Working Paper Series

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.

March 2014

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.

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Certification Strategies for the School-Based Program Geracao Biz

Pathfinder aims is to evaluate the strategies of the Geracao BIZ project, as well as transform the knowledge, attitudes and practices of primary school, high school, secondary education and technical education students in sexual reproductive health.

Community Health Worker Study

The Pathfinding Fund is supporting studies on innovative Pathfinder approaches in Mozambique; Pathfinder has been working closely with country staff to develop the CHW study and anticipates having results by the end of 2012.


Pathfinder and E2A Events Postponed at ICFP

Due to the postponement of the International Conference on Family Planning, the following planned Pathfinder and E2A side events have also been postponed.

The Power of Female Condom Users

Estrella Alcalde, Gender Advisor for Pathfinder Mozambique, is featured in the Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme's 2014 Annual Report discussing the power of female condoms alongside two other UAFC partners.

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