Watch how Pathfinder is addressing Pakistan’s high rate of maternal mortality—empowering women to time and space their pregnancies—by building capacity of the government’s powerful cadre of Lady Health Workers.

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Pathfinder strives to meet the needs of underserved populations. In Pakistan, we collaborate with in-country partners to reach women in rural, hard-to-reach areas, who can seldom afford the long journey to the health center.

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Distance is just one barrier. Without the support from community leaders, family planning programs are unlikely to succeed. Here, religious leaders are mobilized to support healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.

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By expanding access to quality, integrated family planning, maternal, neonatal, and child health services in Pakistan, we can ensure more women and families have access to a range of critical services. We cannot afford to wait…

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A Pakistani woman’s lifetime risk of maternal mortality is 1 in 93. Pathfinder is committed to working with the government of Pakistan and leaders of health to scaling up the interventions that save women’s lives.

Pathfinder works in Pakistan on a range of health issues—from capacity building of frontline health works to ensuring access to family planning—with special focus on ensuring that every pregnancy is safe and every child wanted.

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.

An estimated 64 of every 1,000 babies born in Pakistan will not survive their first year, which is more than 10 times the rate of developed countries.

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.


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.

Our Projects

Advocating for Family Planning and Birth Spacing in Pakistan

Contraception & Family Planning

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 in Pakistan and Nigeria

Building Blocks for FP2020 in Pakistan and Nigeria

Contraception & Family Planning

Building Blocks for FP2020 supports and advances family planning in Nigeria and Pakistan, two countries that have made ambitious goals for improving access to reproductive health care in the next decade.

Related Publications

June 2015

Saving Mothers' Lives

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.

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.

January 2005

CATALYST - A Compendium of Corporate Social Responsibility Activities Worldwide

From 2000 to 2005, Pathfinder International served as the managing partner of the CATALYST Consortium, a global reproductive health initiative.

Related News

Media role critical in curbing population boom

Media can play an effective role by creating awareness among a large segment of society to keep the population under control in order to better utilise diminishing natural resources.

Media should create awareness among masses by sharing positive stories and articles in support of birth spacing, said [Tauseef Ahmed]. During the workshop, officials of the Pathfinder International shared the concept of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies with the journalists and how media could help in advocating this through articles and stories. 

Moot on media role in health

Country Representative of Pathfinder International Dr Tauseef Ahmed has said that allocation of resources for civic enmities and provision of livelihood would be a huge challenge for all the provinces if current growth rate remained unchecked.

Dr Tauseef Ahmed urged media to give positive stories and articles in support of birth spacing. 

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