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Contraception & Family Planning

In developing countries, more than half of all women of reproductive age want to avoid pregnancy. 214 million women are not using an effective method of contraception. And millions of women lack the services they need, leading to 88 million unintended pregnancies in low- and middle-income countries each year.

This is where Pathfinder works. We believe all people have the right to decide whether or when to have children. We know contraception means better health, more girls in school, and greater resources for families, communities, and nations. In over 100 countries and counting, our contraception programs change lives.

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What We Do

  • Partner with decision-makers to make sure contraception is available wherever it is desired
  • Strengthen health centers, satellite clinics, and community health workers so more people in more places have access to the contraceptive information and services they need
  • 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
  • Connect communities and health systems so people receive the services they need and the quality of care they deserve
  • Talk to men, religious leaders, and other key players to eliminate all biases and misconceptions that can prevent contraceptive use

You Can Help

We can only deliver contraception and family planning programs to those who need it most if we have your help. You can help reduce the 88 million unintended annual pregnancies in the 20+ low- and middle-income countries where we live and work.

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Discover Our Projects

Merankabandi

Merankabandi improves the socio-economic well-being of Burundian families living in extreme poverty. Pathfinder encourages the adoption of healthy and positive behaviors through family planning,...

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IMPACT 2 in Niger

IMPACT2 increases access to contraceptive services and counseling for women and adolescent girls in Niger. The project strengthens health systems and supports the Government of Niger’s goal of...

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Twiteho Amagara

Twiteho Amagara builds the resilience of local communities by ensuring the continuity and quality of health systems in Burundi. The project advances access to holistic sexual and reproductive health...

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Her Future Her Choice

Her Future Her Choice strengthens the rights of adolescent girls and young women in Ethiopia and Mozambique. The project improves the quality of sexual and reproductive health services, promotes...

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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....

Adalgisa Viola Ronda

Technical Director

Adalgisa has nearly 10 years of experience public health project management, planning, designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating activities through supervision of district coordinators and...

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.

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