In 1997, Pathfinder began our work in Mozambique. With a diverse portfolio still today, our projects share a common goal: to improve and uphold the sexual and reproductive health and rights of Mozambicans.

Why is family planning important? Judite, an activista outside the capital city Maputo, believes it's a woman's right to plan her pregnancies.

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Through one project, we are working to prevent gender-based violence. Through another, integrating contraception into primary health services.

Photo by Benjamin Kahrl

A key component of our HIV and AIDS work in Mozambique is to support key populations—like female sex workers and men who have sex with men—those at higher risk for HIV infection, who also experience the most stigma in seeking services.

Photo by Elizabeth Oliveras

Across every project, we strive to build the capacity of local communities, NGOs, and government agencies. Our goal is to scale up approaches that work and leave sustainable, government-owned health programs.

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The central theme that we uphold through all of our programming in Mozambique is the right to health—providing women with information and access that empowers them to make positive decisions related to their sexual and reproductive health.

Pathfinder International is currently implementing a diverse portfolio of projects in Mozambique using an approach to sexual and reproductive health that is centered on the strengthening and integration of community and health systems.

Pathfinder International has been working in Mozambique since 1997. Today, fifteen years after our first office opened in Maputo and twenty years after the end of the post-independence civil war, the country has made great strides related to the health and development of its people.

33 percent of the population in Mozambique is between the ages of 10-24, and HIV prevalence amongst this group is 7.4 percent.

However, use of contraceptives, HIV prevalence, and maternal mortality due to unsafe abortion remain persistent problems for the country. Prevalence of modern contraceptive use among married women remains at only 11 percent, 13.1 percent of women and 9.2 percent of men between the ages of 15-29 test positive for HIV, and in the southern African region, unsafe abortion accounts for a death rate of 460 per 100,000.

Our work in Mozambique ranges from prevention of gender-based violence, with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to reproductive health, family planning and maternal health at the community and facility levels, encompassing areas such as HIV and malaria with funding from USAID.

And finally, a key component of Pathfinder Mozambique's work in HIV and AIDS includes support for key populations, including men who have sex with men and female sex workers—as these groups are not only at higher risk for HIV infection, but also experience the most stigma in seeking services. Our work with these populations seeks to increase access to clinical and community services that protect the client's human rights.


Your gift of $25 or $50 can help our work in Mozambique to prevent gender-based violence and improve access to contraception for vulnerable groups.

Our Projects

Before, During, and After Pregnancy: Always Women

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Maternal & Newborn Health
Youth Civil Society

Iniciativa: Strengthening the Capacity of Youth Civil Society in Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

Systems Strengthening Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy

Through this project, Pathfinder empowers youth organizations to become strong advocates for adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Related Publications

October 2015

Integrated Health and Community Systems Strengthening for Improved Contraceptive Access and Uptake in Nampula Province, Mozambique

Implemented in northern Mozambique, Pathfinder’s SCIP project achieved notable increases in a key contraception indicator over its lifecycle. Recognizing the opportunity to learn from this finding, the project team conducted a retrospective programmatic analysis, which is described in this technical brief.

October 2015

Hand in Hand: Changing Lives Together

This issue of Pathways explores Pathfinder's SCIP project and our success in reaching over four million Mozambicans with sexual and reproductive health services.

August 2015

Project Iniciativa: Findings from End-of-Project Qualitative Evaluation

This report summarizes the findings from an end-of-project qualitative evaluation conducted in November and December of 2014.

July 2015

Fazendo a diferenca: Um modelo intensivo para o reforco de capacidade da sociedade civil em Mocambique

This Portuguese translation of a Pathfinder technical brief explores an intensive approach to strengthening the organizational capacity of five youth-serving civil society organizations in Mozambique.

Related News

The Power of Female Condom Users

Estrella Alcalde, Gender Advisor for Pathfinder Mozambique, is featured in the Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme's 2014 Annual Report discussing the power of female condoms alongside two other UAFC partners.

SMS Contraception Messages Reach Thousands of Mozambican Youth

The Health COMpass is proud to showcase mCenas! as the latest Spotlight project. mCenas!, an interactive two-way SMS system, reduced the barriers youth face in starting or continuing to use contraception.
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