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In Nigeria since 1965.

In 1965, Pathfinder helped establish the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria and provided the first grant in family planning to the Nigerian Ministry of Health for pilot work in northern communities. Since that date, Pathfinder has worked with the government, community-based organizations, the private sector, faith-based institutions, and communities themselves to strengthen health systems and delivery of sexual and reproductive health care. We have reached some of Nigeria’s most underserved people with reproductive health care, including first-time mothers, refugee communities, and families in rural areas. Today, we are part of a nationwide effort to increase acceptance of and access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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What We Do in Nigeria

  • Make sure women can access quality, respectful maternal care from their home to the health facility.
  • Mobilize communities to identify danger signs and activate emergency transport systems, so pregnant women reach health facilities when the need arises.
  • Create innovative digital health tools that help providers deliver quality services more effectively.
  • Make sure a full range of contraceptive methods is available, so people of all ages can choose the option that’s best for them.
  • Train providers to deliver quality health care to young people, including HIV services for adolescents and young mothers.
  • Work with policymakers to create policies and make budget decisions that uphold people’s sexual and reproductive rights.
  • Work in communities and health facilities to promote vaccine confidence, improve equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, and strengthen accountability mechanisms for delivery.

Statistics

  • At the close of the Saving Mothers, Giving Life project in 2020, there was a 66% reduction in the maternal mortality rate and a 47% reduction in the perinatal mortality rate in supported health facilities.
  • In FY2021, Pathfinder programs supported HIV testing for 94,864 individuals.
  • In FY2021, Pathfinder programs supported 76,561 antenatal care visits.

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Building Blocks for FP2020

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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi

Country Director

Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi is a physician and public health professional with 17 years’ extensive experience in designing and managing health system and sustainable development programs aimed at...

Ogochukwu Kehinde

Technical Advisor – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Ogochukwu Kehinde is an international development professional with over 10 years of experience in design and management of project monitoring and evaluation systems. Joining Pathfinder in 2015, she...

Paulina Akanet

State Program Manager, SMGL Project

Mrs. Paulina Akanet is a Nurse/Midwife with over 30 years of experience in clinical midwifery practice. She holds a degree in Public health and has worked in Kaduna and Bauchi states as a midwife in...

Bayo Ewuola

Media and Communication Officer

Bayo Ewuola is a communication professional with proven experience in developing and overseeing the implementation of strategic communication plans for organizations to achieve continued success....

Dr. Sakina Amin Bello

Senior Program Advisor

Dr. Sakina Amin Bello is a public health practitioner with over 12 years experience in developmental interventions across health financing; maternal, neonatal and child health/sexual and reproductive...

Kosisochukwu Izundu

Program Officer, Reproductive Health and Family Planning

Kosisochukwu Izundu (Kosi) is a development professional with over seven years of experience in adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health programming and research. Kosi has led various...

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