In Tanzania, Pathfinder International is working to reduce cases of HIV and AIDS and advocating for increased family planning—with a special focus on establishing integrated health care delivery systems at the community level.

Pathfinder is committed to the people of Tanzania and their right to sexual and reproductive health without fear or boundary. Since 1984, we have strengthened local partners, communities, and health systems to remove obstacles that stand in the way of providing high-quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care to those who need it most.

Since 1984, Pathfinder has had a strong presence in Tanzania.

Supporting Tanzania’s national response to reducing unmet need for contraception, Pathfinder builds upon our experience pioneering community-based distribution of contraceptives by implementing several high-impact contraception programs that serve a population of over 1 million women. Our work is tailored to meet the unique contraceptive needs of adolescents and women across their various life stages. This includes youth-friendly contraceptive services, contraceptive counseling as part of antenatal care for pregnant women, postpartum contraception, contraception as a key part of comprehensive postabortion care, and contraception integrated into HIV services.

To avert preventable deaths during delivery and birth, Pathfinder is reaching women along the continuum from their home to their health facility. Working in every village and every facility of Sengerema, Buchosya, and Shinyanga districts, we partner with local governments to provide high-quality, respectful maternal care during antenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum periods, as well as emergency care for both mother and newborn. Pathfinder mobilizes communities to identify danger signs of complications, while ensuring emergency transport for women at the last mile.

In 2008, Pathfinder began using mobile technology to improve communication between Tanzania’s health clinics and home-based care providers. We are the largest nonprofit user of Vodacom mPesa in the country, and we continue to drive innovations in digital health. With dedicated partners, we recently launched a groundbreaking system—the Uber of emergency transport—utilizing SMS and mPesa. And our latest activity—using barcodes to confirm referrals between communities and facilities—is the first of its kind worldwide.

Pathfinder, with leaders in environmental conservation, local communities, and the government, is unlocking a formula for achieving 11 of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals at the same time. Our Population, Health, and Environment programs offer hard-to-reach communities holistic solutions for advancing reproductive rights, gender equality, economic opportunity, and access to health care, while enabling them to sustainably manage their natural resources.

Meeting Tanzania’s national health goals requires a health system with strong, sustained performance that is responsive to community needs. Pathfinder is helping to make this a reality. We provide technical support to numerous local partners on health care financing, human resources, governance, and information, while simultaneously advancing tools for accountability. One such tool—the Community Scorecard—empowers citizens to identify gaps in their health services, then brings them together with providers to solve issues hand in hand.


In Tanzania, 50 percent of hospital beds are occupied by AIDS patients. With such high demand at health centers, Pathfinder strives to bring services into the communities to ensure all people have access. Your gift of $25 or $50 is critical to ensuring our work continues.

Our Projects

Gender-based violence in Tanzania

Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Against Children in Tanzania

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Gender

In Tanzania, Pathfinder works to prevent violence against children and adolescents at the household and community level.


Mobilizing Maternal Health in Tanzania

Maternal & Newborn Health

Pathfinder joins Touch Foundation, Vodafone Foundation, and USAID in promoting the accessibility of appropriate maternal and newborn care in Tanzania by expanding the availability of comprehensive emergency obstetric care and by implementing community level activities to reduce maternal mortality during delivery and childbirth.

Related Publications

June 2016

Contraception Is My Right

In this issue of Pathways, Mbuyi, a mother of 15 children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, discovers she has a choice about pregnancy.

May 2016

Family Planning Counseling in Your Pocket: A Mobile Job Aid for Community Health Workers in Tanzania

To address low contraceptive use in Tanzania, a pilot intervention using a mobile job aid was developed to guide community health workers to deliver integrated counseling on family planning, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections.

May 2016

Strategies to Advance Abortion Rights and Access in Restrictive Settings: A Cross-Country Analysis

This publication explores strategies to advance abortion access and rights in four countries—Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, and DRC—with differing degrees of legal and social restrictiveness. Through semi-structured interviews with Pathfinder field offices and partners, this publication highlights approaches to advance abortion access and rights common across all four countries, as well as approaches unique to each country’s legal and social context.

December 2015

Without Fear or Boundary: Pathfinder International's 2015 Annual Report

Forging a new path is part of Pathfinder’s DNA. Last year, in 26 developing countries, we pushed through barriers to ensure millions of women, men, and young people are able to access critical sexual and reproductive health care and choose their own paths forward. Read more in our 2015 Annual Report.

Related News

Male Involvement in Family Planning Vital for Demographic Dividend

Addressing the gathering, Mr Josea Otege of Pathfinder International said that Demographic Dividend is achieved due to policy changes in education, health, family planning, economic reforms and government accountability, which in turn help to promote demographic transition.

Population boom can be worrisome

In Tanzania, despite the fact that the citizens were busy obeying the scriptures, the point was further driven home when President John Magufuli told people that they should go ahead and produce as many children as they so wish, because after all, the government will cater for their education.
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