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In Ethiopia since 1964.

Pathfinder works to ensure that all Ethiopians have the ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights. Pathfinder has a long history of partnering with the government to bring quality health care services to millions of people in urgent need. Across the country, Pathfinder has worked to strengthen health infrastructure, train and mentor the health workforce, and ensure that all people get the care they need, including maternal and newborn care, cervical cancer screenings and prevention, and reproductive health care.



What We Do in Ethiopia

  • Strengthen health centers and train community health workers so that they can deliver quality, holistic care—for sexual and reproductive health, maternal and newborn health, contraception, HIV, and cervical cancer prevention.
  • Make sure short-term, long-acting, permanent, and emergency contraception are always available so that people of all ages can choose the method that’s best for them.
  • Work across multiple sectors and at individual, community, and systems levels to empower adolescent girls.
  • Support people who need it most and whose rights have gone ignored, such as young people and fistula survivors.
  • Strengthen key systems and the quality of services to be equitable and adolescent-responsive—including within the health, education, livelihoods, and child protection sectors.
  • Mobilize communities to address the social issues that so often prevent people from accessing health care, such as gender-based violence and gender inequality.
  • Build the skills of local health workers and government officials so that our impact will continue long after our projects end.


Through Pathfinder programs in FY2021:

  • Served more than 14 million family planning clients
  • Averted more than 3 million unintended pregnancies
  • Reached over 18,000 community members with critical sexual and reproductive health education and information

Discover Our Projects

Regional Cervical Cancer Prevention

Cervical cancer is one of the world’s deadliest—but most easily preventable—forms of cancer for women, responsible for more than 270,000 deaths annually, 85% of which occur in developing...

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Integrated Family Health Program

In Ethiopia, the proportion of women using contraception has tripled since 2005. The percent of pregnant women receiving prenatal care has doubled. See how Pathfinder’s Integrated Family Health...

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Evidence to Action

In more than 10 countries around the world, our Evidence to Action Project strengthened family planning and reproductive health services in sub-Saharan Africa by building evidence and expanding...

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Meet Our Staff

Mengistu Asnake

Senior Country Director

Dr. Asnake is a public health specialist with more than 28 years of experience in reproductive health, primary health care, child survival, community health services, program management, training,...

Worknesh Kereta

Adolescent & Youth Reproductive Health Senior Advisor

Worknesh has more than 35 years of experience in reproductive health program management, service delivery, education, and...

Fisseha Moges

National Programs Management Support Advisor

Fisseha Moges is a public health professional with more than 13 years of experience in the government health system and non-governmental organizations with different roles ranging from clinical...

Netsanet Shiferaw

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Netsanet Shiferaw is a public health professional with a mix of experience in the area of academics, monitoring and evaluation, research, program implementation, training, and clinical service...

Konjit Kassahun

Technical Manager

Konjit Kassahun is a public health professional with various experience in governmental and non- governmental organizations including an expert role held in Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health. Joined...

Aynalem Hailemichael

Technical Advisor

Aynalem Hailemichael Frew has more than 20years of experience in public health area, worked in different role such as expert, program manager, technical advisor, lecturer, consultant &...

Ketsela Desalegn

Technical Advisor

Ketsela Desalegn (MD, MPH) works as a Sexual Reproductive Health coordinator for the GAC funded the ‘Her Future, Her Choice (HFHC) project and as a OF-POP technical advisor for Pathfinder here in...

Habtamu Zerihun

Global MEL Technical Advisor

Habtamu Zerihun works as Global MEL Technical Advisor, Data and Analytics at Pathfinder. His background is mathematics and has a Masters of Science in Demography/Population Studies from Addis Ababa...

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.