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Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy Contraception & Family Planning Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
November 2012
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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

July 2012

A Global Response to HIV and AIDS that Begins in the Home

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.

April 2012

Delivering Results: Why Skilled Health Care Providers are Critical at Every Level

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.

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