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In Ethiopia since 1964.

Over 101 million people live in Ethiopia—more than almost anywhere else in Africa. Most live in hard-to-reach communities. Millions lack the services they need. 63% of married women are not using an effective method of contraception. And 11,000 women die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth each year.

We believe all Ethiopians should have the ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights. Pathfinder is making sure they can. We have a long history of partnering with the government to bring high-quality services to millions of people in urgent need. For over 50 years and counting, see how our programs in Ethiopia change lives.

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18 million people used contraception for the first time through our latest program

Where we work, the percent of married women using contraception has risen to 39%—nearly 5x Ethiopia’s national rate in 2000

What We Do in Ethiopia

  • Strengthen health centers and community health workers, so they can deliver high-quality holistic care—for maternal and newborn health, contraception, HIV services, and cervical cancer prevention
  • Make sure short-term, long-acting, permanent, and emergency contraception are always available so people of all ages can choose the method that’s best for them
  • Support people who need it most and whose rights have gone ignored, such as young people and fistula survivors
  • 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 our impact will continue long after our projects end

Discover Our Projects

Evidence to Action Project

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

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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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(re)solve

To advance progress toward the achievement of FP2020 and the SDGs and to reduce unintended pregnancies, there is an urgent need to address unmet need for modern contraception. (res)olve brings...

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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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Meet Our Staff

Kidest Lulu

Deputy Country Director

Kidest is our deputy country director in Ethiopia and the technical director for our TRANSFORM...

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...

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,...

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.

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