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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

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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Increasing Access to Reproductive Health

Civil war and political violence have taken a heavy toll on the health system of Côte d’Ivoire. See how Pathfinder is drawing on regional experience to increase method mix and decrease unsafe...

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Afya Pwani

Despite huge gains in HIV prevention and treatment, 5.6% of Kenyans are living with HIV. See how we’re building on the success of our five-year APHIAplus Nairobi-Coast project to improve and...

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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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