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Maternal & Newborn Health

99% of the world’s maternal deaths occur in developing countries every year. 1 in 13 children in sub-Saharan Africa dies before their 5th birthday (compared to 1 in 189 in high-income countries). Most of these deaths are preventable.

We believe where you live shouldn’t dictate whether you live or die. More than half of the maternal deaths each year occur in just nine countries—and Pathfinder works in all of them. We know that healthy mothers mean healthier babies, healthier communities, and healthier nations. From a remote corner of Tanzania to rural Nigeria, our work bridges the distance between pregnant women and the health care they need.

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What We Do

  • Stop preventable maternal deaths by making sure women can access care at every stage—before, during, and after her pregnancy
  • Mobilize communities to identify danger signs in pregnancy—like post-partum hemorrhage—and activate transport systems, so women can reach facilities in time to save their lives
  • Make sure every woman has access to the information and health care—from her home to the health facility—to safely deliver her baby and care for herself and her children
  • Train providers on current standards and guidelines of care so they can counsel women throughout pregnancy and childbirth with dignity and respect
  • Prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child by identifying and supporting pregnant women who are HIV-positive
  • Link health systems with communities to make sure mothers and babies receive the quality care they need

Discover Our Projects

Pamoja

Unsafe abortions in Tanzania are responsible for up to one-quarter of maternal deaths. Pamoja strengthens the Government of Tanzania’s ability to offer comprehensive postabortion care—life-saving...

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Tubiteho (Let’s Take Care of Them)

Burundi has some of the highest maternal mortality and fertility rates in the world. Burundians face numerous vulnerabilities including widespread malnutrition and prevalence of malaria. Tubiteho...

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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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Access to Primary Health Care

Each year, 22,000 women die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth in the DRC. Millions lack the contraceptive services they need. See how we’re changing this—joining dedicated local...

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Meet Our Staff

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...

Eileen Mokaya

Senior Country Director

Eileen has more than 20 years of experience in leadership and management of national, regional, and international development programs in sub-Saharan Africa....

Adalgisa Viola Ronda

Clinical Services 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...

Marie-Claude Mbuyi

Senior Technical Advisor

Marie-Claude has more than twelve years of experience in designing and implementing reproductive, maternal, and child health...

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.

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