Pathfinder Egypt

Since 1978, Pathfinder has worked with the government of Egypt to provide quality reproductive health and
family planning services, while simultaneously empowering individuals and communities.

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During that time, the country has seen fertility rates drop from 5.3 children per woman to 3, and modern contraceptive use among married women rise from 24 to 60 percent.

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During Pathfinder's five-year Takamol project, more than 500,000 home visits were made by community health workers to distribute information on family planning, reproductive health, and maternal, child, and neonatal health.

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This progress inspires our work today. Having carried out decades of successful programming in Egypt, Pathfinder is looking to the future. We are focusing on a critical, but underserved group—young people.

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Half Egypt’s population is under 25 and their needs extend beyond reproductive health. In the poorest rural areas of two governates, Pathfinder helps provide immediate job opportunities for young people, while expanding access to quality health services.

Pathfinder International works in Egypt to improve the population's sexual and reproductive health through an integrated approach that positively contributes to economic growth and social stability.

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.

Half the population in Egypt is under the age of 25.

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.


Nearly 20 percent of Egypt's population lives on less than $2 per day. That's why Pathfinder International works to improve the population's reproductive health through an approach that positively contributes to economic growth and social stability. Your gift of $25 or $50 ensures our work can continue.

Our Projects

Mobilizing Community-level Stakeholders in the Prevention of Early Marriage


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.

Community Refugee Support in Greater Cairo

Systems Strengthening

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.

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.

October 2014

Expanding Local Partnership Opportunities With a Two-Tiered Implementation Model

This technical brief discusses Pathfinder's experience designing and operationalizing a two-tiered implementation model for partnering with local organizations in Egypt.

May 2014

No More Stolen Futures

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.

December 2013

The Way We Live: Advancing Health & Rights Through Integration

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.

Related News

Egyptian Women Celebrate Increased Opportunity and Empowerment at Project’s Close

Representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Health, USAID, Pathfinder International, and Egyptian media gathered on August 20 at Cairo’s Intercontinental City Stars Hotel to commemorate the end of the Fostering Opportunities in Rural Southern Areas project.

Launching a New National Strategy for Preventing Child Marriage in Egypt

Group of stakeholders gather at launch
On June 16, with funding from the Ford Foundation, Pathfinder International in Egypt, in conjunction with the National Population Council, launched a new national strategy for preventing child marriage.
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