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The Next Generation: YUVAA

India

Even today, girls aged 15-17 get married in India despite a law that states they should delay marriage until l age 18. Once married, young couples are expected to quickly become pregnant, although many young women are not physically and mentally ready for pregnancy and childbearing. Children born to young mothers face increased risk of mortality and poor health outcomes. There is little room for negotiation, whether between couples or with the family, and contraceptive use to delay the first pregnancy is frowned upon. There is, however, strong evidence that enabling young women and couples to delay their first pregnancy and improve spacing practices can reap a triple dividend of health and social benefits for young people today, and as they become the next general on.

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Pathways – June 2024: Honoring Refugees Around the World

Pathfinder works with local, government, and humanitarian partners to design programs that respond to the unique needs of women and…

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During Security Crisis, Burkinabe NGOs Play Critical Role in Healthcare Delivery

Local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Burkina Faso’s Centre Nord, Sahel, and Est regions have been critical to sustaining healthcare delivery…

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Pathfinder Study to Inform Health Systems Strengthening Investments in Flood-Prone Areas of Bangladesh

Climate change has made flooding during the monsoon season in Bangladesh more severe and erratic—leaving health systems unprepared to serve…

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Stewarding Global & Multi-Country Projects through Youth-Led, Community-Driven Change  

Pathfinder leverages over six decades of experience with leading global and muti-country projects. As Director of Multi-Country Unit Projects, and…

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Kudos to Passing the Resolution on Climate Change and Health! Let’s Take Action Now!

At Pathfinder, our delegation to the 77th World Health Assembly was proud to witness the passage of the Resolution on…

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Launching a Project During a Natural Disaster: Local Partnerships are Critical!

When Pathfinder launched the USAID-funded Building Healthy Families (BHF) project in September 2022, Pakistan was devastated by floods. The floods…

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A Mother’s Day Wish: Making Access to Reliable Reproductive Healthcare a Global Reality

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Pathfinder Tanzania, Our Global Watchtower for Safeguarding

At Pathfinder, we are committed to safeguarding—protecting the people we serve, our partners, and each other from exploitation and abuse.…

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Social & Behavior Change—Fostering Sustainable Change from Within

Pathfinder is well known for increasing access to lifesaving healthcare, reaching millions with contraception, saving countless women from dying in…

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Why We Advocate – Part 3: Recent Wins for Pathfinder – And for Rights!

This is the third piece (see part one and part two) in a series on Pathfinder’s work advocating for sexual…

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Pathfinder Annual Report 2023 – Women Who Lead

Pathfinder programs champion the rights, health, and success of women and girls around the globe—for their own benefit, and for…

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Protect, Pay, and Promote Women Health Workers

An abbreviated version of this content appeared in Health Policy Watch during World Health Worker Week. Each woman in the…

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