West Africa Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Program

Guinea girls

Pathfinder is laying the groundwork to address the great need for contraception and sexual and reproductive health services in francophone West Africa, a region that has some of the lowest contraceptive prevalence rates and highest maternal mortality in Africa.

In Niger, many girls are forced to leave their families’ homes and abandon their hopes of an education. They are rendered virtually powerless. These girls have been invisible for far too long, suffering in silence or dying because they became pregnant too young. We want them to know: we see you. You have rights.” — Dr. Sani Aliou, Country Representative, Pathfinder Niger

Niger has the highest rate of child marriage in the world. Three in every four girls is married off before she turns 18. Sixty-three percent of Guinean girls are married before they turn 18; in Burkina Faso, it’s 48 percent. (Source: UNICEF)

With funding from the John D. Templeton Foundation, Pathfinding Fund, Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Pathfinder is implementing a scalable, evidence-based model focusing on promotion of sexual and reproductive health among young married women and their partners in Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Niger.

In Burkina Faso, Pathfinder supports community groups in allowing young women to develop a social network and support system, and offer an opportunity for them to receive information about contraception services and healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.

Using effective strategies from our work in India and Uganda, Pathfinder works with the Ministries of Health in Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Niger to support their efforts to develop strategies for adolescent reproductive health. Subawards are being prepared for local partner organizations to implement community-level activities in both countries.

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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

December 2014

Change Starts Here: Pathfinder International 2014 Annual Report

We believe change starts with expertly trained providers and pharmacies that never run out of supplies. It starts with open conversations among women, young people, men, religious leaders, mothers-in-law, policymakers, and others, joining to discuss their beliefs and remove barriers to their health and well-being. Our 2014 Annual Report shows a few highlights of how Pathfinder has served as a catalyst for change over the past year.

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