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Adolescents & Youth

More than half of the world’s population is under 25. Most live in the poorest countries, where the leading cause of death for girls 15-19 globally is complication in pregnancy and childbirth. 23 million adolescents need contraception but don’t have it. Over 1 billion young people need accurate, unbiased information and health care free from judgment.

Pathfinder is making sure they get it. We believe sexual and reproductive health care is essential for young people to realize their full potential. Their lives depend on it. Wherever the need is most urgent, our programs ensure young people can make their own decisions about their bodies and choose their own path forward.

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What We Do

  • Empower adolescents and youth to make their own decisions about their bodies and their futures by changing community norms related to gender, adolescent sexuality, early marriage, and childbearing
  • Strengthen health services to offer young people the sexual and reproductive health care they need without judgment or bias, including access to long-acting contraceptive methods
  • Support young women and first-time parents to delay their first pregnancy and space their births to ensure the health of the mother and her children
  • Partner with young people to develop new and creative behavior change strategies—like digital health and games—that lead to healthier practices and lifelong good habits
  • Connect young advocates and policymakers to foster supportive policies that promote young people’s health and rights

Discover Our Projects

PREPARE-BURKINA

PREPARE-BURKINA strengthens health systems, builds community resilience, and supports vulnerable communities to prepare for and manage recurrent crises and pursue sustainable pathways out of...

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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Anupama Rao

Senior Technical Advisor

Anupama Rao is a medical doctor with a specialization in obstetrics and gynecology. She brings over twenty years of clinical experience. In 2017, she joined Pathfinder as a Senior Technical Advisor...

Marta Pirzadeh

Senior Technical AdvisorPrograms and Impact

Marta Pirzadeh has over twenty years of experience in the public health field with a primary focus on AYSRH; maternal and infant health; HIV prevention; and community- based programming. Prior to...

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....

Béatrice Nday wa Mbayo

Project Manager

Béatrice has more than 15 years of experience in HIV & AIDS, adolescent and youth reproductive health, chronic diseases, women’s empowerment, advocacy, and income...

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.

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