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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

Act With Her

Act With Her facilitates healthy transitions to adulthood for adolescent girls ages 10-17, including through puberty and secondary school, and—if they so choose—through sexual debut, employment,...

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Transform: Primary Health Care

Focusing in areas of maternal, newborn, and child health; family planning and reproductive health; health care financing; adolescent and youth health and development; and health systems...

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Meet Our Staff

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....

Caitlin Corneliess

Senior Technical Advisor, Adolescent & Youth Sexual & Reproductive Health

Caitlin is a public health professional with more than 10 years of experience, specializing in global sexual and reproductive health and rights program design and technical...

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...

Kidest Lulu

Deputy Country Director

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

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.

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