Pathfinder International

Rating: 4.73 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Health, International, Reproductive Rights

Location: 9 Galen St Ste 217 Watertown MA 02472 USA

Mission: Pathfinder International’s mission is to ensure that people everywhere have the right and opportunity to live a healthy reproductive life. 
Geographic areas served: Pathfinder has brought reproductive health care to tens of millions of people in more than 120 countries in Africa, Asia, the Near East, Latin America, and Europe. Today, our 800-plus employees work alongside more than 300 local partner organizations, helping implement 60 regional and multi-national programs in more than 25 countries
Programs:

 Since 1999, Pathfinder’s Geração Biz program has improved access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention information and services for young people aged 10-24. Pathfinder is implementing the project in all 11 of the country’s provinces in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique and civil society youth associations. Identified as a best practice by the World Bank, Geração Biz increases young people’s access to youth-friendly clinical services by integrating youth-friendly services into existing public sector facilities and through adolescent-only clinics. Information about these services is disseminated by a national network of peer educators who are trained by the project to engage young people in discussions about sexuality, teen pregnancy, abortion, HIV and AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections, and provide them with contraceptives to promote safe, responsible, and gender-sensitive sexual and reproductive behavior. 

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As a senior case writer and researcher at Harvard’s Global Health Delivery Project, I have had the opportunity to study the strategy and effectiveness of numerous programs operating in resource limited settings around the world. Last year, my work enabled me to get to know Pathfinder International intimately, as I and my team developed a case study of Mukta, one of Pathfinder’s HIV prevention programs in India. Throughout my experience researching the program and working with Pathfinder’s staff there, I came to appreciate the strength of Pathfinder’s human rights framework and its implications for their work on the ground. Mukta works with marginalized female sex workers and men who have sex with men, key populations whose vulnerability to HIV is exacerbated by structural and social factors that create formidable barriers not only to their ability to access HIV prevention and treatment services, but to their day-to-day safety. Pathfinder’s staff united excellent management practices with their human rights framework to build the capacity not only of the local NGOs they deliver services through, but of the communities themselves to set agendas, develop strategies to effect the change they deem most necessary and, ultimately, improve health outcomes. I was consistently impressed by Pathfinder’s commitment to excellence in management and data use practices, as well as their focus on sustainable change both for communities and for the governments who represent them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work with the Global Health Delivery Project as a writer and researcher.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it to more places

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Ayubu H.Samuel,aged 29 from Tanzania.
Am Executive Director of TALIA FOUNDATION from 2007 up now 201, our organization is dealing with children,women,youth and other vulnerable Group in Tanzania my duties for my position IS to monitor day to day activities.
I was born January 141982 and my father was died in January 20 19982 so now i live with single parent.

We have work with different Donor GTZ,RFA. Our organization is working by good transparency to the staff,community and other community

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sharing idea with other organization on family planing and HIV/AIDS and GENDER and training for community about gender and community now was understanding about gender

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

we need Partnership from other organization working outside of Tanzania by sharing idea ,Experience, training of Health Reproduction and other materials

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Rating: 5 stars  

Pathfinder International helps empower the world's poorest women to have healthier families by spacing their pregnancies, through education and contraceptives. Maternal death rates are greatly reduced with training for mid-wives, devices to control excessive bleeding after delivery, and tetanus vaccines. All of their work is done in a culturally sensitive manner, so Pathfinder's work is welcomed, not seen as intrusive or insulting.

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Pathfinder International has a very informative website as well as regular mailings to help me feel involved in their successes, with stories of women whose lives have been bettered with family planning and proper medical care during difficult pregnancies.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

So many more people could be helped by Pathfinder if only there was more funding- the work they do is so important and saves so many lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Pathfinder International does so much work to help people in need around the world. They help the hungry and the poor, women, children, and families through their work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. I have heard so much about things that Pathfinder has done to help people, from grassroots charity, to lobbying to different governments.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing. I believe that there is nothing more that they could do other than expand their program, which they are already doing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Pathfinder International does so much work to help people in need around the world. They help the hungry and the poor, women, children, and families through their work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. I have heard so much about things that Pathfinder has done to help people, from grassroots charity, to lobbying to different governments.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing. I believe that there is nothing more that they could do other than expand their program, which they are already doing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Pathfinder has become an incredible resource for me as a U.S. trained physician working with reproductive health issues in southern Mexico. I value the information and tools that I've found on Pathfinder's website and look forward to creating more of a partnership between Pathfinder and the local public health system. I've recently submitted a proposal to the regional Secretary of Health dilrector suggesting that he allow me to jumpstart a rural midwifery project and create new and improved reproductive health program at the primary care clinic in my town.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the information that I gleaned from the website for my own use on proposals for community health projects in my area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it even easier for creating partnerships.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a supporter of Pathfinder International for more than 15 years. I became engaged because I believe that having access to family planning/reproductive health care is a basic human right and that providing such services is the key to solving many of the BIG challenges facing our world today - challenges such as poverty, resource depletion, civil unrest and gender inequality - to name a few. Pathfinder operates in more than 20 developing countries with a high level of efficiency and effectiveness. I have seen the work - first hand - in Viet Nam, India, Ethiopia and Egypt. I was impressed - not only by the poverty and great need I saw - but also by the creative, common-sense approaches used by Pathfinder. In each community, programs are tailored to the local practices and customs, the vast majority of the workers are local, community leaders are engaged for support and every attempt is made to leave behind sustainable programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the work of the organization in Viet Nam, India, Ethiopia and Egypt - in remote villages and urban community centers/clinics.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I would make to this organization is to increase its visibility within the USA. It is well known outside of the USA - especially in the more than 20 developing countries where we currently work - which certainly underlines the fact that the services provided are of high quality and handled in a sensitive manner. If more Americans knew about Pathfinder and understood its work, I am certain contributions would increase.

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1 person found this review helpful

When I was traveling in Africa as a guest of the African Women's Development Fund, I had the honor of also visitng a Pathfinder project in Nairobi, Kenya. I saw first hand how many women (and the men and children in their lives) were being helped. Seeing women with various stages of HIV/AIDS really expanded my understanding of what "maternal heath" encompasses.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have read their materials, attended meetings, and visited their office in Nairobi,Kenya.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is nothing I would change.

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My wife and I have two philanthropic priorities – land preservation efforts and Pathfinder International. We support Pathfinder because we feel strongly about population issues and women’s reproductive health and rights. We also know that Pathfinder is committed to addressing trends that include how increased population impacts environmental pressures. We especially admire how they are committed to empowering local communities and efforts to integrate family planning work into primary care, HIV/AIDs, maternal care and other services that already exist, making the most of every opportunity to educate and increase access. We also want to note that they put an exceptionally high percentage of the contributions, compared to many other charities, into the causes that they serve (rather than administrative overhead).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We have seen videos of their work in many countries.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We are more impressed with this charity than any of our other recipients and are unaware of any needed changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former Pathfinder staff member, I repeatedly saw the effective and enduring ways in which they help women realize their personal and reproductive health rights. Training and resources for quality health care are integrated with information and knowledge for senior health officials, as well as extensive discussions and information with community members. It is this level of commitment to community conversations that brings the social and cultural changes essential for real development work to be sustained and eventually grow of its own accord.
I am proud of Pathfinder's decades of commitment to this extremely important work -- without progress for women, there will be no lasting change.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

virtually all of the countries where Pathfinder works, where I went to document our work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their level of documentation of the great work they are doing.

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