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In Pakistan since 1985.

Each year in Pakistan, about 9,700 women die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth. That’s 26 maternal deaths each day. Millions lack the health services they need. 74% of married women ages 15-49 aren’t using an effective method of contraception.

Pathfinder believes everyone has a right to lifesaving sexual and reproductive health care. We’re making sure the people of Pakistan can exercise this right. From Punjab to Sindh, we work closely with governments to break down barriers to contraception—so more people can protect their health and futures. For over 30 years and counting, see how our work changes lives.


369,100+ individuals received contraceptive services through our programs since 2010

1,400+ government lady health workers trained to bring information and counseling referrals to people’s doorsteps

What We Do in Pakistan

  • Support the government to achieve its strong FP2020 commitment—55% of married women ages 15-49 using contraception by 2020.
  • Create champions for healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy, gaining the support of government officials to improve policies, programs, and budgets for contraception
  • Work closely with provincial governments to create “costed implementation plan”—a five-year clear roadmap for achieving their goals for contraception
  • Strengthen health providers and lady health workers, so more people in more places can get high-quality sexual and reproductive health services
  • Mobilize community leaders, including religious leaders, to support healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy

Discover Our Projects

Building Blocks for FP2020

Both the Nigerian and Pakistani governments have set ambitious national targets for contraception use: Nigeria aims to increase the proportion of women using contraception from 11% in 2011 to 36% by...

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Beyond Bias

Of the estimated 38 million sexually active adolescents in developing regions who don’t want a child in the next two years, 23 million have an unmet need for contraception. We’re generating...

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Naya Qadam

Naya Qadam offers young women and girls who have been pregnant options for preventing, spacing, or delaying future pregnancies. This means access to a full range of contraceptive options to prevent...

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I am Resilient, I am Change

I am Resilient, I am Change engages women and girls to help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. The project engages communities in climate adaptation, increases access to sexual and...

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Meet Our Staff

Tabinda Sarosh

President, South Asia, Middle East, and North Africa

As President, South Asia and the Middle East, Dr. Tabinda Sarosh is accountable for the impact, revenue, and operating performance of Pathfinder’s programs in Bangladesh, India, Egypt, Jordan,...

Lydia Murithi

Project Director, Beyond Bias

Lydia is a social and behavioral scientist with over a decade of experience as a global health researcher and program implementer....

Dr. Xaher Gul

Senior Behavior Change Advisor, SRHR Team

Dr. Xaher Gul is a Public Health Physician specializing in Health Systems and Policy, applied through the lens of Health Promotion and empowerment education for social and behavior change. Dr. Gul...

Madiha Latif

Deputy Country Director


Ayesha Rasheed

Country Director

Dr. Rasheed is a public health specialist with a strong background in delivering Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition services in Pakistan. She has over 20 years of experience,...

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.