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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Family Planning, Health, International, International Development, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

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. 

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar