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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

USAID Kulawa

Led by Save the Children, USAID Kulawa ensures people in remote areas of Niger can access essential health services. Pathfinder supports health facilities to provide quality care and engages...

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Empowered Choices

Empowered Choices implements a curriculum-based peer mentorship program to increase knowledge about sexual and reproductive health; engages community gatekeepers, parents, and caregivers to address...

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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

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...

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...

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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