Family Planning Initiative Project
With funding from USAID, Pathfinder supports 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 achieves 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 takes 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 minimize costs and maximize opportunities to reach adolescents, men, and women.
Pathfinder trained close to 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/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 has 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! on its project page.
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 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.
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 reduced violence against women (VAW) 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.
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.
Pathfinder's "Female Condoms Are Power, Protection, Pleasure" is featured in a BBC News story about the return of the female condom, a method of contraception empowering women around the world.