Lighting the Way: Changing Lives Through Family Planning
This edition of Pathways examines our unique approach to family planning with a look at how access to contraception can be an avenue of choice for millions of young girls, women and their families in the countries where we work.
Read about "Solar Sister", a groundbreaking collaboration in Uganda in which young mothers travel door-to-door counseling other young parents on sexual and reproductive health by the light of solar-powered lamps they sell for extra income to support their families. Counseling families with the aid of these lamps means young mothers like Elizabeth, a 23-year-old single mother of two, can meet with young couples at night, when both are home from work, doubling the impact of the counseling opportunity.
"The lamp will help me promote family planning in so many ways," Elizabeth says. "When there is light, everything will go on."
More In This Series
The Summer 2012 issue of Pathways focuses on our global response to HIV and AIDS, told through stories of empowered individuals sharing knowledge and making a difference in their communities.
The Spring 2012 issue of Pathfinder's Pathways focuses on the importance of skilled providers and strategies to increase their number in developing countries. Also, Purnima Mane delivers her first public letter as president of Pathfinder International.
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.
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.