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: 4 stars  

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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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I learned about the Pathfinder Fund in the late 1960's while finishing a
Masters in Demography at Georgetown and working in the Population Division at the World Bank. Pathfinder was one of the handful of NGO's that were effectively operationalizing the concept of disciplining human numbers to maintain global ecological balance by promoting programs at the community/family level that educate, motivate and enable women to self-determine -- hence, limit --their fertility.
Over the four decades since Earth Day 1970, I have taught courses in Population, Resources, Environment and Sustainability at Georgetown University, George Washington University, University of Michigan, Middlesex(MA) Community College and Portland State University.

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

The World Bank mission reports that I received from field personnel in West Africa.

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

Be less abashed in relating the effectiveness of your community/family/individual-scale work in dealing with the global compounded crisis in (a) numbers of people, (b) their overall rates of resource expenditure, and (c) the gross inequalities in discipline of the former and the benefits and costs of the latter.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 3 stars  

I know Pathfinder is doing great job in creating access to quality reporducitve health services and choices, doing promotional activites and buidling the capacity of health worker in some parts of Ethiopia.

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

Ethiopia, West Shoa zone.

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

No info

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a retired OB/GYN. I spent my working life trying to meet the needs of women in my local area, both under and over privileged, for education and services that promote reproductive health and family planning. I want to continue to promote those goals through my charitable giving. Pathfinder does a great job using donors' money to actually make things happen on the ground for women who would otherwise have no access. That is why I make a monthly gift to make sure they stay in business.

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

communications and reports from them and other agencies about their work in foreign countries.

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

I wouldn't. They're doing just fine.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a public health professional from a developing Country, where there are a lot reproductive health issues. I know Pathfinder working in my country for a long time effectively. The organization have been engaged to bring changes in women's life, and they are doing very great work.

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

Since the organization works with the community, I personally benefited through the health of the community.

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

I want this organization to grow and work more broadly with the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

For a number of years I was working in family planning, mainly in the Middle East. I came to know Pathfinder well at that stage - and appreciated the way that their approach was strictly tied to listening to what their national partners felt was good and right. "Participatory" was not in the vocabulary, not in the jargon, not in the officially promoted approaches, but Pathfinder was applying the principles because their work ws based on respect. It's founder created the organisation with this perspective in the forefront.

My field of work changed - broader, both in subject matter and geography, and I see less of their work in the field. Nevertheless, when I do see work supported by Pathfinder, or meet people who have benefitted from Pathfinder training, I am always delighted to note that the principles are the same - not token stakeholder consultations but listening to the national partners.

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

Countries of the Middle East (e.g. Egypt, Jordan); Also in Pakistan

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

I've not had enough direct contact in the last few years to comment on this fairly. They are evolving according to needs, and I don't know what the recent evolutions have been.

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