Poverty is one of the greatest problems confronting Egypt today. Despite the relatively high levels of economic growth over the past few years, living conditions for the average Egyptian remain poor. Only half of Egypt’s population was employed in 2012, and among those who were employed, 14 percent live on less than $2 per day.
The recent political situation in Egypt has aggravated the problem, as many people have lost their jobs and the unemployment rate has risen. Contributing to the problem of poverty is continued population growth, as nearly all of the country's 89 million inhabitants live on the 2.8 percent of land that is arable.
Since 1978, there has been mutual cooperation between Pathfinder and the Egyptian government to develop an institutional framework for family planning, promoting and distributing methods of contraception, and increasing the availability of quality reproductive health and family planning services among Egypt's most remote and underserved populations.
With support from the Ford Foundation, Pathfinder will establish a replicable model for nongovernmental organizations and community development associations to engage community-level stakeholders and gatekeepers in contributing to the prevention of early marriage.
Pathfinder looks to develop and pilot a model of health systems strengthening based on the Ministry of Health family health package, in order to increase the quality of health care serving refugee populations and their host communities.
With support from the Ford Foundation, Pathfinder continues its work in Egypt to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents.
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.
This technical brief discusses Pathfinder's experience designing and operationalizing a two-tiered implementation model for partnering with local organizations in Egypt.
When a girl is robbed of her childhood, what happens to her future? This issue of Pathways explores Pathfinder's work to break the cycle of violence, early marriage, and unintended pregnancy that prevents millions of young people from having a choice.
In a year of remarkable achievement, including Pathfinder’s landmark victory at the US Supreme Court and our return to Bangladesh with a $53.8 million project, what was most exciting? The answer—integration—is the theme of Pathfinder’s 2013 Annual Report.