Uganda is a country that has been plagued by political instability, high HIV and AIDS prevalence, and a lack of access to contraceptives-despite high demand. The total fertility rate in Uganda is 6.7, which is the second highest in the world. The high rate of unmet need for contraceptives (41 percent), combined with Uganda's increasing rate of population growth (3.4 percent), continue to hinder economic development, deepen poverty, and detract from the achievements that have been made in the social sector.
Pathfinder first began to work in Uganda in the late 1950s, when it helped to establish the Family Planning Association of Uganda (now known as Reproductive Health Uganda). Throughout the ongoing 20-year civil war and the changing, and often challenging, political climate, Pathfinder programs strived to ensure quality family planning assistance to those in need.
Today, Pathfinder's programs address a wide range of issues, including the lack of availability of services in post-conflict settings, the limited capacity of district health services and local community-based organizations to deliver services, the intersection of population growth, health needs and the environment, as well as youth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Through these programs, Pathfinder has reached some of the country's most underserved populations, including internally displaced refugees, women, youth, and the fishing communities on Lakes Victoria, Edward, and George.
In Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda, Pathfinder aims to improve the capacity of community-based organizations to better prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Evidence to Action for Strengthened Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls (E2A)
The Evidence to Action Project (E2A) is USAID’s global flagship for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery.
The HoPE project reduces threats to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem degradation in the Lake Victoria Basin while increasing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health to improve maternal and child health in local communities.
Pathfinder worked in Northern Uganda to impact gender norms, through behavioral research and scalable interventions, to positively influence reproductive health outcomes, reduce gender-based violence and improve gender equity among adolescents.
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.
Bussi Island is located in the Wakiso district, which suffers a deforestation rate of 86.7 percent. To promote hassle-free cooking and a healthy environment for women in their homes, the Health of People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin project introduced two types of energy-efficient smokeless stoves.
A new approach to conservation in the basin is the Health of People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin project. It seeks to reduce threats to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem degradation while simultaneously increasing access to family planning and reproductive health services.
Model households are a key aspect of the Health of People and Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin, an integrated Population, Health, and Environment project with sites in Kenya and Uganda.
A video provides a snapshot of Pathfinder International’s Health of People and Environment in Lake Victoria Basin project, an integrated population, health, and environment project supported by MacArthur. The project aims to reduce threats to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem degradation in the Lake Victoria Basin while increasing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health services.