Village Community Banking
Pathfinder implemented a McKnight Foundation award to improve the socioeconomic condition of people living with HIV and AIDS. The project, which created savings and investment groups for HIV and AIDS support groups and women's groups in two districts in Tanzania, was based on the successful village community banking (VICOBA) model. During the life of the project, at least 120 VICOBA groups were established and supported. An interesting adaptation of the Pathfinder VICOBA project was that many of the savings and investment groups not only generated income for their own households, but also provided support to the most vulnerable members of the community through the creation of community endowment funds that addressed specific social needs. VICOBA groups also used their weekly meetings to provide public health education on HIV prevention, care, treatment, and stigma reduction.
This project uses Citizen Report Cards to convince government officials to allocate funding for contraception during stock outs. Two local NGOs are being training to use this tool for government accountability of a lack of supplies.
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.
This project provides technical assistance and support to local organizations in Uganda and Tanzania, with the goal of improving each grantees organizational capacity to affect health and community systems strengthening.
Combining Health and Food Security in Mozambique: Interview With Pathfinder International’s SCIP Project
This Q&A with Pathfinder's Strengthening Communities Through Integrated Programming (SCIP) discusses our unique approach to providing reproductive health care in Mozambique's Nampula Province as well as successes and challenges associated with the project.
Tanzania will likely fall short of its 2015 reproductive health targets, which aim to reduce one million abortions, 2.9 million unintended births, and 18,000 maternal deaths that occur every year because of poor of access to family planning services.