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.
This technical brief explores the process through which Pathfinder’s Integrated Family Health Program (IFHP+) has expanded availability of postpartum family planning, including the postpartum IUD, in Ethiopia.
Expanding Access to the Intrauterine Device in Public Health Facilities in Ethiopia: A Mixed-Methods Study
Following the introduction of IUDs into the Ethiopian public health sector, use increased from <1% in 2011 to 6% in 2014 in a sample of 40 health facilities. The IUD was acceptable to a diverse range of clients, including new contraceptive users, those with little to no education, those from rural areas, and younger women.