Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world with more than 43 million women of reproductive age.
With maternal mortality rates estimated to be around 376 per 100,000 live births, approximately one in every 93 women in Pakistan will die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Pakistan also has a high unmet need for family planning at 25 percent, which is largely a result of lack of access to services and lack of trained medical professionals and staff able to provide family planning services, in addition to a high prevalence of misperceptions regarding the use of contraception.
Recognizing Pakistan’s need for reproductive health and family planning services, Pathfinder began working in Pakistan in 1950.
Today, Pathfinder works to implement programs promoting modern family planning methods, improved awareness of family planning options, and increased contraceptive prevalence. Pathfinder is working in close association with the provincial governments of Punjab and Sindh, as well as various local NGOs, focusing on generating demand for services and increasing awareness of the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy, with the goal of improving the health of mothers and their children.
Pathfinder continues its work with UNFPA to support advocacy efforts for family planning, birth spacing, as well as population and development activities.
Building Blocks for FP2020 is designed to support and advance family planning in Nigeria and Pakistan, two countries that have made ambitious goals for improving access to reproductive health care in the next decade.
This issue of Pathways explores Pathfinder's ongoing commitment to addressing the urgent needs of pregnant women and how we are improving their chances for a safe delivery—from India, to Nigeria, to Pakistan.
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.
From 2000 to 2005, Pathfinder International served as the managing partner of the CATALYST Consortium, a global reproductive health initiative.
“You can earn demographic dividend only if you invest in health (that included reproductive health and family planning), education, employment opportunities and good governance,” Dr Tauseef Ahmed of Pathfinder said, adding that governance based on merit-based decisions and accountability was the backbone of the process.